Manchester United club great Rio Ferdinand who was a quality centre back of his time has said that the Red Devils need to win the FA Cup and qualify for the prestigious UEFA Champions League if the Dutch manager Van Gaal can claim that team has made progress this season.
“They have to win the FA Cup for it to be any kind of progression and they have to qualify for the Champions League,” Ferdinand told BBC Radio 5live.
“Louis van Gaal would have a strong case to say I’ve progressed this team from last year in terms of winning a trophy and qualifying for the Champions League.”
Manchester United have been criticized for their style of play and the inconsistent performances throughout the season which has seen them on the brink of UEFA Champions League disqualification and failed to challenge the leaders for the English Premier League title this season.
“But there will be people that will debate and say ‘hold on, Manchester United still aren’t playing the type of football that we expect them to’.”
“I don’t think he wants anyone to feel sorry him. What I would say is that his legacy will be his introduction of the young players into the squad, giving young players time on the pitch and their opportunity. That is Manchester United’s way and Louis van Gaal has bought into that.’
“But again you’re going to be judged on results. If you don’t finish in the Champions League and win the FA Cup then it’s not progression and Manchester United need to progress from where they have been the last couple of years.”
Rio Ferdinand appeared in 312 matches for Manchester United during his 12 year stay at Old Trafford. He won 15 titles for the Red Devils which included 6 Premier League titles.