Jose Mourinho has ‘a lot of cleaning up to do’ at Manchester United – Rio Ferdinand

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had the biggest rebuilding job of any boss at the top end of the Premier League, according to Rio Ferdinand.

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Mourinho spent a £89.3 million world-record fee on signing Paul Pogba and also brought in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly over the summer — but the club are seventh in the Premier League, five points adrift of Manchester City and Arsenal.

United have also lost a Europa League group game, having been defeated 1-0 away against Feyenoord, which has increased the pressure as they prepare to face Fenerbahce in that competition on Thursday.

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When Ferdinand was asked if he thinks Mourinho has had the most work to do among the title challengers, the former United defender told BT Sport: “Yeah, I do. There was a lot to do. There was a lot of cleaning up to do.

“There was a big void in the group — in terms of mentality to win. The personalities needed to be brought out of the players to perform. There was a lot of rebuilding of characters to be done. All of that added up, in finding out who was right and who was wrong [for United].

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“He had the biggest job of the lot, out of all the other guys, although he had a lot of money to spend.”

There has been some inconsistency of selection and formation at United this season, plus injury issues — which has contributed to the likes of Pogba and Mkhitaryan failing to fire consistently so far.

Ferdinand said: “Out of the top teams in the Premier League, he’s the one still trying to work his best team. I don’t think, still, he is there.”

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