(Video) Rio Ferdinand outlines what United must do to boost chances of top four finish

Manchester United remain seventh in the Premier League table after tonight’s 3-1 win over Brentford.

After the match, Rio Ferdinand and Steve Sidwell discussed United’s chances of finishing in the top four and securing a place in next season’s Champions League.

Sidwell, who spent a loan spell at Brentford earlier in his career, said it’s imperative that United finish in the top four.

Our expectations this season were to challenge for the title, but this entire debate only tells you how far we are away from doing that. Its January and Man City are already running away with the league.

United know what they need to win football matches in order to get back into the top four. Former United defender Ferdinand points out how they must also take points from the teams around us, and some of them have games-in-hand on us due to match postponements.

“They’ve got to take points away from teams around them as well,” Ferdinand said.

Footage courtesy of BT Sport

United managed to get back to winning ways tonight, with a 3-1 win over Brentford, just days after throwing away a 2-goal lead against Aston Villa to draw.

Three academy graduates got on the scoresheet — Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford — so we’ve every reason to go into the game at the weekend looking to build momentum before the international break.

We can’t afford to drop more points on Saturday.

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