Ferdinand says Man Utd should take inspiration from Liverpool in transfer window

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United need to take inspiration from an unusual source during the summer transfer window – arch-rivals Liverpool.

The 42-year-old was speaking after his former side’s dramatic Europa League final penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal – a loss which extends the Red Devils’ wait for a major trophy into a fifth season.

United, who won 38 major honours under Sir Alex Ferguson, are trophyless since Jose Mourinho led the club to Europa League success in 2017.

That is far too long for a club of United’s stature, and Ferdinand maintains there is only one way to make the next step – recruitment.

He said: “This window is massive, it’s a massive window for Man United now.

“The recruitment team, the owners, the CEO, the manager, the staff need to go out and recruit the right players that fit the bill, to take this team from getting to finals and can’t get over the line, to finishing the job.”

Ferdinand believes his former employers should take inspiration from Liverpool, who went to the next level after signing Virgil van Dijk in 2018, winning the Champions League and the Premier League.

“It needs to be the right people, the right characters, and good enough players that add value to this team”, he continued.

“For instance, we always talk about Van Dijk being the catalyst for Liverpool over the last few years. What had he won in England before?

“He was at Southampton, they weren’t fighting for titles or in Europe. It’s the right characters, the right people who fit the team, the right profile to take you on and make the team better.”

United are sure to be active in the transfer market, with Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish just two of the names linked with Old Trafford in the past week.

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