The Manchester United legend believes the club’s next managerial appointment could see them spend time in the ‘wilderness’ as rivals Liverpool have.
It’s been almost three years since the great Sir Alex Ferguson switched a seat in the dugout for a seat in the stands, and the Red Devils have failed to pick up any significant silverware since.
While current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has, for the most part, steadied the ship after the tumultuous reign of David Moyes, Jose Mourinho is the red-hot favourite to take over in the summer. It is this crucial decision that Rio Ferdinand believes could determine the course of the club for the next twenty-plus years.
Rio told Network 1 Media that failure in the near future could see the club face a Premier League title drought similar to Liverpool, who’s last league title came way back in the 1989/90 season.
“I think if they bring someone else in, it is a huge decision because if this doesn’t go right, it could be a long cycle,” Ferdinand warned.
“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.
“That can’t afford to happen at Manchester United. The problem they’ve got now is who they choose. 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?
“That’s the problem they have got and the questions that have to be asked. If I knew the answer to that question, I would be the CEO.”
If reports via El Confidential are to be believed, United are much more decisive about who they want to succeed van Gaal than Ferdinand is.