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Ferdinand names one thing Ten Hag must sort to emulate Fergie



Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has named the one thing that the club’s next manager should do, in order to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is the current favourite for the role having held talks with the United hierarchy last month.

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United have been searching for a permanent boss ever since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December and the next appointment is hugely important for the club.

Another disappointing season for the Red Devils means it is now five consecutive seasons without a major trophy for the club and they are also in real danger of missing out on the top four this season.

There have been reports of a number of dressing room unrest and that has led to Ferdinand admitting the most important thing that the next manager must sort out is the culture at the club.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of United’s clash with Everton, Ferdinand said: “Obsession, that’s the type of word Sir Alex Ferguson would put into the players’ heads.

“Listen, I think Ten Hag, if he’s the guy that comes in and the rumours are that he might be, I don’t think there’s any candidate out there that’s been talked about that you think ‘he’s the guy, he’ll give us a great opportunity at challenging.’

“I think he’ll need support and the framework around him, in terms of recruitment and strategy, then he needs to provide the foundations for the framework around the team and the culture.

“You look at Sir Alex Ferguson there and what he did, he built a culture over many years and had plenty of support in that time.

“But, he built a culture, [and] managers nowadays have to do that much quicker.

“You see with Pep [Guardiola] and Jurgen Klopp they can build a culture and implement that, but this manager will need that time and have to show the signs early on to get that.”

Meanwhile, United defender Alex Telles has admitted he has thought about returning to former club, Porto. 

“I’m eternally grateful to the club and of course one day I think about going back there and continuing this cycle,” Telles said (quotes via Sport Witness).

“It was a very happy period in my life. FC Porto is a love story. Of the clubs I’ve played, it’s the one with I most identified with, it was four years there.

“I didn’t just identify with the club, I identified with the city and made many friends. I still have friends there.”

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