Rio Ferdinand predicts Manchester United’s final league position

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand says his former club are nailed on for a Champions League spot.

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand believes Louis van Gaal’s men will finish third this season behind current top two Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Red Devils had a slow start to the season under the Dutchman’s tenure, winning just one of their first five games despite increased expectations.

After spending more than £150 million on new players, things soon worsened for van Gaal as his United side continued to stutter and after 10 games recorded their lowest ever Premier League points tally at that stage of a season.

Yet, unlike the feeling of disappointment during David Moyes’ campaign, there was a sense of belief around Old Trafford that things were soon to improve.

And improve they have! Seven wins over the past eight matches has prompted talks of a renewed title challenge, yet Ferdinand feels his former side will fall just short of the leaders.

“If they continue on the run they’re on, then who knows? They could go into second or first,” he told the Sun. “Six weeks ago I think you’d be thinking hopefully they’d get in the Champions League.

“Looking at them now, I think they’ll finish definitely in third place, definite Champions League, then maybe they’ll get one of the cups.”

Despite a rather long injury list, the Red Devils have seemingly been able to put out a settled side in recent weeks and it has certainly paid dividends.

Asked for the reasoning behind United’s sudden surge of good results, Ferdinand puts it down to a better understanding between van Gaal and his players plus the return of a key member of the team.

“The lads seem to be getting a better understanding of what he wants and you can see that in the results in the last six or seven games. Michael Carrick coming back has been a huge plus for them,” he added.

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