Rio speaks ‘cold facts’ with Liverpool ‘now behind’ Man Utd
Rio Ferdinand doesn’t think Man Utd are “the finished article” but claims Liverpool are now “behind” his former club.
The Red Devils finished a mammoth 33 points behind Liverpool in 2019/20 when Jurgen Klopp’s men won the Premier League title.
But, partly due to Liverpool being a lot worse this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have passed the Reds this term, finishing five points ahead of them in second.
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When asked about how he viewed the Red Devils’ season, Ferdinand told Goal: “I think in the league we’ve got what we wanted, which was an improvement.
“I think Man United at the end of last season finished 30-odd points behind Liverpool. Liverpool are now behind us and they’ll have their excuses and reasons why but the cold facts are that we have gained that much ground on them that we’ve gone past them this season.
“That shows vast improvement and we’re second in the league. By no means are we the finished article but I think at the beginning of the season if you’d said you’d finish second in the league from where we were I think they’d have snapped your hand off.”
Man Utd are still some way off neighbours Manchester City, who they finished 12 points behind and Ferdinand feels his former club are still three players short of challenging for the title.
Ferdinand added: “They need to recruit well in this window in the right areas. I think they need a centre-back, a right winger and maybe even a centre-forward.”
Harry Kane could leave Spurs this summer with reports claiming he told Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that he wants to leave the club in the summer.
Man Utd are one club who have been linked as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea and City – but Ferdinand thinks Solskjaer should target a centre-back as priority.
When asked about Kane, Ferdinand continued: “It would be nice wouldn’t it. But my first position to buy would be centre-back.”
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