The former Red Devils defender feels not even signing two of the worlds best strikers could solve his old clubs problems

Not even signing Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland could solve Manchester Uniteds problems, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Man Utds disappointing season hit a new low on Tuesday night as they were knocked out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage by Atletico Madrid, losing 1-0 at home in the second leg and 2-1 on aggregate.

The club are at a crossroads under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, and have not won silverware for five seasons – problems not even Mbappe and Haaland could fix, says Ferdinand.

Ferdinand feels that a permanent manager with a long-term vision has to be in place to turn Man Utd around – and until then, no amount of star signings will be good enough.

Speaking as a pundit on BT Sports coverage of the game, Ferdinand said: “What it does show you is that it doesnt matter what players you get together, what talent you get together, you need someone to harness that. You need a manager to come in and put it all together.

“If you bring in Mbappe and Haaland this summer, United are not going to win the league. It doesnt matter who you bring in, it needs to be from the top down.”

Defeat in Europe means it is now 11 years since Man Utd reached the Champions League final, when a side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson lost to Barcelona at Wembley.

They will also end this season without a trophy – meaning finishing in the top four and qualifying for next seasons Champions League is their best-case scenario.

Due to being eliminated from the FA Cup by second-tier Middlesbrough and the upcoming international break, Man Utd will have to stew on their Atletico loss until April 2, when they face Leicester in their next Premier League game.

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