Rio Ferdinand knows Manchester United need to ensure they’re appointing the right manager or risk following Liverpool’s title drought.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace the Dutchman and has even told close friends it’s a ‘done deal’ but Rio has questioned whether Ryan Giggs or Mourinho should get the job.
He said: “I think if Man United bring someone else in, it is a huge decision because if this doesn’t go right, it could be a long cycle. We don’t want to be a repeat of what Liverpool have gone through.
“Manchester United don’t want that long time in the wilderness of not really winning or being successful and not challenging for titles. Are they going to go for someone who has had success, who knows how to manage teams like Jose Mourinho, or will they go with someone who is already in the house like Ryan Giggs?”
In many ways, succeeding van Gaal is a more important job than Sir Alex because replacing the boss was a poisoned chalice in my opinion and I’m not sure anybody could have succeeded. Now, we’re at a crossroads where we can go one of two ways.
Like Indiana Jones when he finally reaches the Holy Grail in the Last Crusade, United have two options. If we choose wisely, we’ll leave these last three years in the past and re-find our identity as one of the world’s elite clubs with a winning mentality. If we choose poorly, we risk replicating Liverpool’s slippery disappearance into anonymity as far as titles are concerned.
That’s what makes it such an important decision and, for me, why somebody like Giggs simply can’t even be considered ahead of Mourinho.