Former defender Rio Ferdinand has made a grim prediction for Manchester United’s Champions League campaign.
The Red Devils won their first group game in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Basel that sees them as the early leaders in Group A on goal difference.
They will face CSKA Moscow in Russia on Wednesday and victory would see them pull clear at the top of the group.
And despite being happy that his former club are back in the Champions League this season, Ferdinand doesn’t think that they will make it as far as the semi-finals.
“I think it’s wise for United to be humble when it comes to the Champions League,” said Ferdinand on BT Sport.
“You can’t look at United or judge them compared to how they were 10 years ago, when we last won the Champions League.
“They’re different squads and it’s a different animal altogether.
“They’re on a rebuilding track at the moment and in the midst of that. They’ve got to achieve things — they’ve got to win the Premier League again for a start [something United last did in 2013].
“They’ve got to try to do that first and consolidate there, before you start looking at the Champions League and talking yourself up as one of the contenders.
“Realistically, I don’t see United going as far as the semi-finals this season.”