Rio Ferdinand on his YouTube channel Vibe with Five, said Manchester United face at least another two seasons in the wilderness before they can compete for major titles such as the Premier League and Champions League.
He said: 'The issue I have is that Ralf has been brought in, but you'll have to adjust it again for someone else's football style.' It'll be another upheaval after that, with a new style to install and players comprehending it,' said Ferdinand.
'I think United should write off the next year or two in terms of trophies, at the very least - say "we're going to rebuild what we have, get our recruitment right, and there is a certain style of play under this new manager that we are going to go with and he is going to have time to get it all right, there will be mistakes, a few things that go wrong, but we're going to stick with this guy and give him a minimum of two years to work it out.
'It'll take that long, and you can't win with that changeover.' It isn't going to happen. It was not done by Liverpool. How long did Klopp take to win? You must learn from the mistakes of other teams.
'Sometimes you have to humble yourself and take stock of where you are,' says the author.
On Saturday, United were held to a 0-0 draw at home by relegation candidates Watford. They are still fourth, but rivals West Ham, Arsenal, and Tottenham have cut the gap.
Ferdinand admitted that the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane last summer led him to believe that United would be able to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.
Ralf Rangnick will leave his position as temporary manager of United at the end of the season.
Ralf Rangnick, United's interim manager, will step down at the end of the season. Ferdinand admitted that signing players like Raphael Varane had excited him and the fans.
Ferdinand admitted that signing players like Raphael Varane had piqued his and United fans' interest.
However, he has now urged United supporters to recognize the club's true state and accept that it will be some time before they are competing for major trophies again.
'The excitement surrounding those signings pumped me up, and it pumped up the entire United fanbase,' Ferdinand remarked. 'However, reality must bite, and you must sit back and ask, 'Where are we really at?'
'United aren't in a position to win and compete for trophies,' he said. 'That's it - the big trophies, the Champions League and the Premier League.'
'I just think you have to accept where you are at times.' For far too long, Manchester United has relied on previous achievements. Man United today is not the same as it was 12-15 years ago. Man United should be a tough opponent in the past, but not now.'
United returns to Premier League play on Sunday when they face arch rivals Manchester City.
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