Rio Ferdinand discusses Manchester United’s summer transfer plans

by Tanveer Arayan

Rio Ferdinand has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s upcoming transfer window, noting that former teammate Wayne Rooney will “go on to pastures new”.

Jose Mourinho will now be able to use his favoured transfer list after guiding his side into the Champions League group stages through victory over Ajax in the Europa League final.

The Portuguese noted in Stockholm that he handed Ed Woodward a list of targets some time ago and that it was now down to the vice chairman and his team to secure the signings he needs ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

And Ferdinand, speaking earlier this week, has noted that there will be some considerable change at Old Trafford over the next few months.

“I think it sounds like it is down to Rooney if he wants to stay, I believe he will want to go on to pastures new,” he said.

“Carrick will wait to see if club offer him a new deal. There will be changes, Jose has his targets, I hope he gets them.”

The Rooney saga appears to have entered a new stage, with the 31-year-old admitting that he will make a “footballing decision” over the summer, which essentially translates to a need for more minutes elsewhere.

Mourinho had two lists ahead of the summer: one containing players that would only consider a move to Old Trafford if Man United reached the Champions League, and one containing a considerably weaker bunch of players in preparation for defeat in Stockholm.

Make no mistake, following the latter list would have dragged United further away from where they are expected to be. But with Champions League football now secured supporters can look forward to a highly promising summer of transfers.

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