- Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Manchester United should downplay their hopes in the current Champions League campaign
- Ferdinand believes that the Red Devils are not where they used to be ten years ago when they won the competition
- Manchester United will face CSKA Moscow at the VEB Arena today September 27
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned that Manchester United should downplay their Champions League expectations in the current campaign.
The former Red Devil has watched his club’s dominance fall off a cliff in the last four years after the retirement of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but United seems to be gradually clinging back to their glory days with a return back to Europe’s elite competition.
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United brushed Switzerland champions Basel aside in their first group game a week ago and take on CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night in Russia.
Ferdinand, 38, is happy to see his former club back in the Champions League but believes the Red Devils might be too realistic about their chances in the tournament.
"I think it’s wise for United to be humble when it comes to the Champions League,"said Ferdinand on BT Sport.
"You can’t look at United or judge them compared to how they were 10 years ago, when we last won the Champions League.
‘They’re different squads and it’s a different animal altogether.
‘They’re on a rebuilding track at the moment and in the midst of that. They’ve got to achieve things — they’ve got to win the Premier League again for a start (something United last did in 2013).
‘They’ve got to try to do that first and consolidate there, before you start looking at the Champions League and talking yourself up as one of the contenders.
"Realistically, I don’t see United going as far as the semi-finals this season."
United are expected to qualify for the knockout stages from Group A with the Red Devils battling Basel, Benfica and CSKA for the top two places.
However, United gaffer Jose Mourinho has always done well in the Champions League with two winners medals in his collection.
Also the United boss won a trophy last season in Europe when he led his side to Europa League success, which secure their spot in the Champions League.
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