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Friday 18 January 2019

Ferdinand surprised by Reds' poor form

Rio Ferdinand said he is surprised by Manchester United's poor start to life under Louis van Gaal but believes the Dutchman is the man to restore the club's former glory.

After 12 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford, Ferdinand left in the summer to join Queens Park Rangers but has watched from afar as United have failed to win any of their opening four matches including a League Cup thrashing at third tier MK Dons.

"I have to be honest, pre-season I was really excited for Man United," Ferdinand (below) said. "They looked really fit, really decisive, and looked like they had a good understanding of the system.

"But it was almost like a reversal once the season started."

Ferdinand returns to Old Trafford tomorrow where he hopes to get the opportunity to say goodbye properly after his summer move, although keeping the likes United strikers Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney quiet will be his priority.

With Angel di Maria also signed long with Colombian Falcao in the transfer window, Van Gaal now looks as though he has the firepower to get United's season back on track after defeat by Swansea City and draws with Burnley and Sunderland.

"I think thy will get it right," Ferdinand said.

"I think the manager who's there now gets things right. "I have every confidence he will bring back good times, it's just a matter of how long it takes."

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