RIO FERDINAND and Paul Scholes believe Manchester United would still be in the Champions League if Diego Simeone was manager.
And the pair both believe United are in desperate need of an elite manager like the Argentine.
In fact, Ferdinand argues the Red Devils would not be successful without getting such a manager even if they signed two of the best players in the world this summer – Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Ferdinand slammed United as a team of individuals, arguing that was the difference between them and Atletico in the 1-0 defeat.
He said on BT Sport’s post-match coverage of the game: “Atletico have a manager who can put a team out to do the job.
“Everything is about the team. For Man United, the season is over. It was really a reflection of what the season have been like. They looked alright in moments but it’s Jekyll and Hyde moments. You see the good, the bad and the ugly. We didn’t see enough quality.
“The difference between the teams was that Atletico had a group of reliable men who would do anything the manager asked them and worked together.
“Whereas the other team (United) is looking and saying ‘who’s going to pull us out of this, the magic trick out of the hat.’
“It’s not about the team getting through it but individuals.
“If you bring in Mbappe and Haaland this summer, United aren’t winning the league. It doesn’t matter who they bring in. The revamp needs to be from the top down.”
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Scholes was in agreement with his former team-mate but suggested Ralf Rangnick should never have been given the manager’s job.
He also thinks there will be more painful nights for United before they are back competing for silverware.
And he reiterated his point that United need a tough disciplinarian in charge who will take no nonsense from the players – someone in the mould of Sir Alex Ferguson like Antonio Conte or Thomas Tuchel.
Scholes added: “They (Atletico) are not a better team than Man United but they’ve got a better coach, a more experienced coach who knows how to get results. If he was coaching Man United then they go through.
“How this manager was given the job six weeks, six months, six games, I don’t know.
“We’ve had a lot of pain and I think there’s still a bit more before we get to where we want to be.
“But until we get a proper top-class elite coach, who strikes fear into players it could be two, three or four years before they are challenging.
“There’s no sign of getting closer, it feels like it’s going in the opposite direction.”