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Former Man United star Rio Ferdinand expects City to win title easily with Pellegrini's new system

Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on September 12, 2015 in London
Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on September 12, 2015 in London
Manuel Pellegrini's men have won five from five

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand is worried Manchester City are much closer to winning silverware this season than Louis van Gaal's side.

United are without a trophy since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, and are already five points adrift of their neighbours.

Ferdinand reckons that pattern is likely to continue over the remainder of the campaign as Pellegrini has now figured out his best system.

"City's problem has been their system - not the players," he said.

"They have got Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure - they are all great players, but the system failed them. On current form you can't look any further than them. They look like they are going to sweep the league.

"I think Pellegrini got it wrong last year. I think he has held his hands up. He's got the way that everyone was telling him to go for the last 18 months.

"Don't play 4-4-2 in the big games - you get outnumbered in midfield. You've not got the personnel to cope with it. So he's changed that system and it seems to have really helped him."

"The philosophy is completely different," the former defender said of the new ear under Van Gaal.

"Manchester United supporters now have to go away and re-educate themselves on how to watch Manchester United. Don't go there expecting to see free-flowing, attacking, gung-ho football.

"It's methodical, side to side, wait for an opportunity to come."

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