Manchester United finishing bottom of Champions League group is a blessing, says Rio Ferdinand
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 13, 2023 - 06:41PM
Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United are not good enough. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

legend says finishing bottom of the group was the ‘best case-worst case scenario’ for the Red Devils.

’s side crashed out of Europe after a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

United needed a win and a draw between Copenhagen and Galatasaray to progress to the last-16, while three points and a win for Galatasaray would have meant Europa League football.

Sevilla beat United in the Europa League quarter-finals last season after United beat Barcelona in a play-off to reach that stage of the campaign.

Ten Hag played strong teams throughout, and lost the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Marcel Sabitzer and Raphael Varane to injury during the competition.

Ferdinand says United can focus on the Premier League (Picture: TNT Sports)

And Ferdinand says that finishing bottom of the group was preferable to finishing third, as United can now concentrate on the Premier League without Europa League football.

 ‘You think it was a game that you’ve got to go out and we lay it all out there to get a result and get a win today, that never quite materialised. 

I still think that it may not have opened up and I’ve gone and played like we’ve seen a throughout this group, open and wild kind of performances.

‘It could have been three or four who said they’d have been picked up quite easily I think by this team, who I thought could have been through the gears even more if need be.

‘But again, I think best case worst case scenario if you know what I’m talking about, I would have rather go out of Europe completely to concentrate on the League and get players back fit rather than get into.’


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