Rio Ferdinand issues Champions League prediction for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand smiles as he is pictured doing football punditry
Ferdinand says United shouldn’t give up on top four (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United can still finish in the top four of the Premier League due to the inconsistency of their direct rivals.

United are six points off the final Champions League spot, with Tottenham and Chelsea also aiming to steal a top four place this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in January in the hope they can fire United into the top four and Ferdinand predicted the race was far from over.

He told TalkSport: ‘[United] haven’t been as consistent as we would like, but that happens with change and when there’s a lot of youth that has been brought into a squad.

‘As a fan you want your team to win, play well, get results, to see big players step up and score goals, and we’ve seen that sporadically for Manchester United this season.

‘The target at the moment if to be in the Champions League and United are fortunate there isn’t a team that has really gone on a rich vein of form to cement their place in the top four.

Bruno Fernandes plays in his first game for Manchester United
Fernandes was a big-money signing for United in January (Picture: Getty)

‘So it’s up for grabs.’

Arsenal too are hoping they can launch a renewed push for a Champions League spot, while only four points separate Tottenham, United, Wolves, Everton and Sheffield United.

United decided to spend big on Fernandes in January and Ferdinand admitted the players needed to start delivering results.

‘Based on the success of previous years it paints a bad picture,’ Ferdinand said about United’s season so far.

‘Fans remember that success, they remember the players around that time and you get addicted to winning.

‘Everyone wants to see their team produce the goods and when you look at the level of investment that’s gone into this squad, the fans are sitting there saying, “we expect to see more out on the pitch”.

‘We’re all sitting here talking and asking the questions as to how it can be improved, so hopefully the powers that be at the club hit the right notes.’

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