Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has praised Eric ten Hag for changing the mood at Carrington. Ferdinand was particularly impressed and appreciated the positive changes he saw on the club’s training ground.
Familiar faces return
The former United defender snapped pictures (via the Daily Mail) in Carrington when he came to interview Bruno Fernandes as BT sports commentator ahead of United’s Europa League second leg clash with Barcelona. was given.
A thrilling first leg ended 2-2 at the Camp Nou, leaving it all to play at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The iconic defender-turned-critic took a stroll around Carrington. The 44-year-old insisted the positive changes at the club were evident. The optimistic energy surrounding the ground is a welcome change.
United were once a remarkable force, but have been title-hungry for nearly a decade since then.
change has come
“The atmosphere at Carrington and Old Trafford has changed dramatically,” Ferdinand enthused on his YouTube show FIVE.
“The atmosphere in the place has become more positive. The cafeteria has also changed.”
“Everything seems to have changed. It looks different, feels different, eats differently.”
“The feeling when you came in, I had a very negative vibe. [in the past] When I walked through the hallway of the training ground.”
“I went through the training grounds alone, through the corridors, standing there just smiling. I don’t know, but the atmosphere is very different.I’m confident on set.”
“Confidence doesn’t just come from the players, it comes from the staff.
And it’s all produced and created by Eric ten Hag and his management team and some people behind the scenes. Because no one person can change the entire culture of a football club, it’s a collective approach. ”
Old Trafford keeps dreaming
United’s comeback is almost unstoppable under new manager Ten Hag. The club sits third in the Premier League for him but still have hopes of lifting the title.
The Red Devils are just five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.
What’s more, United have a chance to win the League Cup final this Sunday, with only Newcastle United standing in the way. His 2017 was the last time the club lifted the trophy.
“It’s the right path now. Considering they’re still chasing four trophies, I don’t think they’ll get four,” added Ferdinand. It’s great that you’re feeling optimistic.”