Rio Ferdinand has slammed Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal, which sounded like a warning for the stubborn Dutchman. The former seasoned campaigner at Old Trafford reportedly revealed that “United will never improve under Van Gaal.”
The Dutchman, known for his exacting attitude towards players, is increasingly becoming unpopular among players and fans at Manchester United. “Manchester United are going backwards again and I don’t see that changing because the manager will not change,” said Ferdinand, who has huge contribution in the club’s six Premiership title wins.
“Players are playing it safe because they are afraid of the consequences if they try to take chances. They have to be allowed to express themselves,” the ace defender also added.
United has already exited from the Champions’ League group stage this season, and Ferdinand fears the dismal run shall continue in the Premiership, too, which could see the club finishing below the top four in the tournament. United lost to Bournemouth on Sunday.
“If United finish outside the top four, that will be catastrophic. It might rule out the chance of getting either Guardiola or Ancelotti and the question is will they be able to do a better job than Van Gaal,” Ferdinand pointed out.
Despite the former star’s lack of faith on Van Gaal, officials have taken a firm stance in favor of the coach. Van Gaal has signed a deal to manage the Premiership giants till 2017 summer.