Rio Ferdinand Predicts Derby Day Result; No Hope For Man United

Rio Ferdinand has predicted the possible outcome of the forthcoming Manchester Derby, claiming that the Red Devils stand no chance of leaving the Etihad Stadium with even a single point.

Rio Ferdinand predicts Manchester derby

Former Manchester United defender predicted his former side to record another defeat when they visit their local rivals on the 3rd of March. Erik ten Hag’s men suffered a last-minute 2-1 last weekend against Fulham.

United are sixth in the league standings, eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa and a further 15 behind Manchester City. Therefore, a defeat next weekend will make the dream of securing a top-four position nearly impossible.

Speaking about the derby match, Rio Ferdinand isn’t confident in Manchester United’s ability to beat their city rivals, so he predicted a 2-goal defeat for his former side.

“It’s going to be a long day, man. It’s hard enough to go to the Etihad anyway, but we’re going there with no confidence. I think we get beat by two goals. Convincingly,” he said according to Sportskeeda.

City were the better side in the reverse fixture in October. Pep Guardiola’s men comfortably defeated their rivals 3-0 at Old Trafford. Erling Haaland scored a brace and Phil Foden was also on the score sheet.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand said the future of Erik ten Hag as the manager of Manchester United will depend largely on how the team finish this campaign. He claimed that a positive finishing will make the Red Devils’ board believe in the manager and subsequently keep his job for another season.

“It depends on how [he finishes the season]. If he runs it close and they see an upturn in form and an upturn in the environment at the training ground. And if they can see something where it’s like, ‘Okay we can see what it looks like going into next season maybe, if we add the right pieces to it as well,'” he said when asked if he thinks Ten Hag will retain his job at the end of the season.

“But if they don’t finish the season well and they’re losing games and it looks like the dressing room ain’t a harmonious place… and one thing I would say is, I don’t think Jim Ratcliffe and his team are shy of making big decisions.”

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