Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand does not think his old club have the ability to win the Premier League this season.
Man United beat Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford this weekend but they are already five points adrift of the leaders, Manchester City.
City have made a great start to the season having won all five games without conceding a goal. Ferdinand believes, despite his ties to United, that the blue half of Manchester will run away with the title this year.
Ferdinand told the MEN: “They’ll [United] finish in the top four but I don’t think they’ll go close to winning the league.”
He added that he thought City manager Manuel Pellegrini had sorted out his side’s problems from last year.
“That hurts me,” Ferdinand admitted.
“Manuel Pellegrini got his system wrong last season. It’s easy for us to say on the outside but it was glaring. I think he has held his hands up.
“He’s changed that system and it seems to have really helped him.”
While praising the system City are playing, Ferdinand also took time to warn Reds fans about the style of United’s football.
He continued: “Don’t go there expecting to see free-flowing, attacking, gung-ho football. If you’re losing 1-0 in the 89th minute, don’t expect that free-flow, get the ball wide, cross it or get the ball into the strikers.”
United finally displayed some attacking flair int he second half against Liverpool, with three well-taken goals. However, Ferdinand, like many supporters, is wary of the tame performances at the start of the season.
Louis van Gaal‘s men have tended to be more adventurous in Europe, scoring eight goals in two games against Club Brugge. United fans will hope to see more of the same when the Reds visit PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.