Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Manchester United will be confident going home with a 0-0 draw from their Round of 16 first leg tie against Sevilla.
The former-defender claimed that while the Reds are less entertaining to watch than other sides in both England and in European football, they manage to get the results they want, as on Wednesday night.
Goalkeeper David de Gea was in fantastic form to deny the La Liga side on a number of occasions. Jose Mourinho’s side created very little, with their only shot on target coming from a rather tame long-range shot from midfielder Scott McTominay.
“Compared to other teams in our league and this competition, they’re not as pleasing on the eye,” Ferdinand told BT Sport after the game. “That’s fair to say.”
“But they grind out results. I think in Europe, me personally I would be getting on the plane very, very satisfied with this result, confident that we would beat them at home.”
Ferdinand insisted that teams who win trophies have the ability to grind out results.
“To win trophies, it has to be like this sometimes,” he continued. “It can’t all be free flowing great footballing teams.
“There are times this season where Manchester United have played well, particularly at home, but they’re not as consistent as other teams.”
It’s fine to say that it can’t always be great football. The issue with United is that they lack a real identity about them under Mourinho. There is no regular style of play, which is mildly worrying.
However, his team are now in control of a tricky if not hugely difficult tie and need only to win at Old Trafford to go through against Sevilla.