Rio Ferdinand has given his thoughts on how Manchester United can build on their derby triumph last weekend.
The Red Devils surprised a lot of fans by overcoming rivals City 2-0. The win may not improve their hopes of winning the title too much, but it’s one hell of a confidence booster as they look to lock down that second place spot.
Ferdinand knows a thing or two about title races and he’s also frequently thrown his backing behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s development as a manager.
The former defender is also well aware of the gap that still exists in terms of consistent success in the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean Ole can’t use the win as a huge stepping stone.
The derby springboard
In a recent edition of his Vibe With FIVE podcast, Rio was honest in his assessment of what’s next for United.
“Tactically, I think Ole has us set up perfectly to win the big games against the teams that are going to have more possession,” Ferdinand said.
“Against teams that are going to have the ball more than us, we are primed. We have the perfect personnel to play like that, on the counter-attack, our front threes are as good as anyone.”
United opened the scoring from the spot within two minutes before Luke Shaw doubled their lead just after half time.
“We had them on the ropes for 20, 25 minutes from pressing, not even a full press, but actually just the intent to press and then go to punish.
“If we can convert that against the lesser teams, sometimes those teams come to Old Trafford, we go to their ground, and we get forced to sit back. “Brighton did it to us, they have the possession, but we have the players now. If they’re set up right and coached right to press high – then that’s a hard team to play against.”
Can United mount a sustained push for the title next season? No doubt they’ll need more performances like the one they produced against City to do so.
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