Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes his former side may have to “write off” the next two years and should look to copy fierce rivals Liverpool in their next managerial appointment.
Ralf Rangnick is in interim charge of United, with the board currently searching for a permanent option to replace him at the end of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are thought to be the leading contenders to take the helm at Old Trafford, but Ferdinand believes whoever comes in needs at least two years to implement their style of play on the team.
“The problem I have is that Ralf has come in but then you’re going to have to change it again for someone else’s style of football. It’s then going to be another upheaval, new style to implement and players understanding that,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
“I think personally United have got to write off the next year or two in terms of trophies, minimum – say ‘we’re going to rebuild what we have, get our recruitment right and there is a certain style of play under this new manager that we are going to go with and he is going to have time to get it all right, there is going to be mistakes, a few things that go wrong but we are going to stick with this guy and give him a minimum of two years to work it out’ and see the progress and that development happen.
“It’s going to take that long, and you can’t have that transition and win. It doesn’t happen. Liverpool didn’t do it. How long did it take Klopp to win? You have to take a leaf out of other team’s books.
“Sometimes you’ve got to humble yourself and take stock and say in reality, that is where we are at.”
Ferdinand admits he was “hyped up” when United signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane in the summer, but claims the he and the United fans need to “accept where we are”.
“The hype of those signings hyped me up, hyped all the United fanbase up,” Ferdinand added. “But reality has to come and bite and you’ve got to sit back and say where are we really at?
“United aren’t in a place to win and challenge for trophies, that’s it – the big trophies, Champions League and Premier League.
“I just feel that sometimes you have to accept where you are. Man United have lived off past successes for too long. This isn’t the Man United of 12-15 years ago. Man United historically should be challenging but where they are now, no.”