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Rio Ferdinand explains Liverpool’s big problem to Jamie Carragher.

Rio Ferdinand explains Liverpool’s big problem to Jamie Carragher

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Rio Ferdinand irked Jamie Carragher earlier this week by telling the Daily Mail he was fearful that Manchester United could end up like Liverpool if they aren’t careful.

The article - or, rather, the headline - prompted Carragher to bite back with: “5 times winners of the European cup, whats the problem??”

Ferdinand then responded in style - and you can see the BT Sport pundit’s tweet by scrolling a little further down this page.

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Responding directly to Carragher, Ferdinand tweeted: “LFC havent won the PL league since you were a kid, thats the problem!!”

Carra had no comeback for that tweet.

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“I think if [Manchester United] bring someone else in, it is a huge decision because if this doesn’t go right, it could be a long cycle,” Ferdinand told the Daily Mail.

“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 Man United. The problem they’ve got now is who they choose.”

Jose Mourinho is likely to join Man Utd

Ferdinand is unsure whether United should opt to hire Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs - but it’s now looking very likely that the Glazer family and Ed Woodward have opted for the former.

Speculation has intensified over recent days that Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford this summer. The Portuguese coach is expected to sign a £15 million-a-season deal and has reportedly already instructed Woodward to find buyers for Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.

Giggs

Giggs, meanwhile, is likely to leave Old Trafford in a bid to establish himself as a manager elsewhere following three seasons working as a coach at United.

Mourinho less of a gamble than Giggs

Mourinho, despite his volatile nature, is clearly less of a gamble than the inexperienced Giggs.

The 53-year-old has won every major trophy with FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid over the past 12 years; he’s a serial winner who will be hell-bent on proving Roman Abramovich was wrong to sack him in December.

Guardiola challenge will spur Mourinho on

Mourinho will also be determined to prove that he’s the best coach in the world - or, rather, better than his old rival Pep Guardiola, who takes over from Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City this summer.

Following last week’s announcement that Guardiola is on his way to the Etihad Stadium, United clearly needed to act in order to avoid risking a Liverpool-esque slump.

Leicester City and Tottenham might be one and two in the Premier League table this season, but that should all change next term once Guardiola arrives.

Mourinho’s task will be to ensure United keep the pace with their noisy neighbours - and that’s a challenge the competitive Portuguese tactician will relish.

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Manchester United
Premier League
Wayne Rooney
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Jamie Carragher
Rio Ferdinand
Steven Gerrard

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