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Rio Ferdinand perfectly sums up reason behind United’s failure in Europa League

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the semi-final which saw Sevilla progress after winning 2-1 in Cologne.

He insists that being unable to defend well or take our chances resulted in our elimination.

It’s a simple explanation but accurate. You can’t win big games unless you’re clinical in front of goal.

Ferdinand tweeted on Sunday night: “You don’t take ya chances you get punished. You don’t defend well you get punished. No need for insight tonight!”

As Jamie Jackson writes for The Guardian, United’s failing give added meaning to the transfer window. This is the time to invest in the squad but it’s hard to be optimistic about our owners.

The strikers this season delivered but they need to be more ruthless, The defence needs strengthening too.

Defeats in the semi-finals of League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League shows a worrying trend under Solskjaer, although it is something he can try address in the transfer market.

The next step must be winning trophies.

On being sacked in December 2018 former Manchester United manager José Mourinho repeated his favourite line: “I consider one of the best jobs of my career to finish second in the Premier League. I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”

That’s Mourinho having a pop at Ed Woodward — who cannot fail to deliver this summer — and there’s no denying that the club’s executive vice-chairman will be up against it if fans aren’t satisfied with transfers.

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