Rio Ferdinand fears Manchester United may face years of trophy drought if they fail to properly replace Louis van Gaal.
Several media reports have suggested the Dutchman will not be staying beyond the current season and former United defender Ferdinand feels the club may go through the same road as Liverpool if they fail with their next managerial appointment.
Jose Mourinho has been touted as Van Gaal’s replacement and the controversial Portuguese has reportedly told friends will be in charge at Old Trafford for next season and Ferdinand feels if the next appointment doesn’t go right, it could be a long time before they United wins a title again.
“I think if they bring someone else in, it is a huge decision because if this doesn’t go right, it could be a long cycle,’ Ferdinand said.
“We don’t want to be a repeat of what Liverpool has 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,” he said.
Liverpool have not won the League title in 26 years and have only won one title in the last decade – the League Cup in 2012 and Ferdinand is wary a poor managerial selection could take United away from the elites.