Ferdinand eager for Guardiola or Ancelotti to take United reins

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has expressed his desire for either of Carlo Ancelotti or Pep Guardiola to replace Louis Van Gaal at United’s helm.

The former United defender feels that it would be in club’s best interest to replace Van Gaal in the summer but only if they can ensure at least a fourth-placed finish.

Bayern Munich manager Guardiola and former Real Madrid boss Ancelotti have both been touted as possible candidates for the job at Old Trafford once Van Gaal departs his post.

“Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti will be available this summer and the question is will they be able to do a better job than Van Gaal,” Ferdinand told The Sun.

“The board and owners might want to be loyal to Van Gaal after investing so much in him but they also have to do what is best for United.”

“And if United finish outside the top four, that will be catastrophic.”

“It might rule out the chance of getting either Guardiola or Ancelotti.”

“It will be more difficult to attract the best players, too. The next six months are absolutely crucial.”

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