Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves left red-faced as Man Utd prediction backfires
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Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves have been left with egg on their face following their confident prediction about Manchester United’s fixture list. The Red Devils slumped to a disappointing 1-1 draw with struggling Newcastle on Monday, and were lucky to leave St James’ Park with a point after being outplayed by their opponents.
There is now worry that United could lose ground on the race for the top four, with rivals Arsenal and Tottenham impressing in recent weeks.
When interim boss Ralf Rangnick first arrived at Old Trafford he got off to a solid start with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
And after the win the BT Sport pundits cast their eye over what looked like a fairly kind upcoming schedule – and went as far as to say United could have had a chance of picking up a maximum 30 points from their ten next league games.
“You look at that (list) and think wow, there’s not many there that would frighten you or put you on the back foot,” Ferdinand said.
“They’ve got to go into that thinking they could come out of the final game against Southampton in a really, really good position.”
Hargreaves added: “That is win, win, win, win, win… it should be thirty points. No, seriously.”
Ferdinand concluded: “You’d hope so.”
Despite their bold shouts, United have fallen short of their hopes at just the second hurdle, with an unconvincing 1-0 win at Norwich followed by the solitary point at Newcastle.
Questions are now already beginning to be asked of Rangnick, and on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football Jamie Carragher had a warning for United supporters.
‘The thing that would worry me as a Manchester United fan is the lack of chances they’re creating in games,” he said. “You’ve also got to think of the opposition they’re playing again. This is a depleted Newcastle team who have conceded 11 in the last three games.
“You look at Norwich who Manchester United never really created anything against, they’ve just conceded five against Arsenal. That would be the worry for me.
“You think of the role of Cristiano Ronaldo this season, the amount of times he’s saved Manchester United with big goals.
“He got the penalty at Norwich but he hasn’t really had many chances.
“If you’re not creating much for him…he’s a killer, deadly in the box, but if you’re not creating too much he’s not that involved in the game.”
United are next in action on Thursday when they host Burnley.
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