“We have choked – it’s simple as that” – Ferdinand gives verdict on Manchester United’s title challenge

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has claimed the club have stuttered in the Premier League title race.

The former United defense however, admitted the club was not expected to be title challengers, but believes we’ve let go of a great opportunity to win our first Premier League title since 2013.

Rio Ferdinand said on his FIVE podcast: “You can’t defend it. At the end of the day, Man United were sitting pretty at the top of the league.

“We didn’t come into this season expecting to be title challengers. We were too far behind Liverpool. You can’t expect to have a turnaround that big to win the league, it’s impossible.

“But I’m like all the other fans. You see the league table, you look at the results, you get excited. When you put yourself in that position, Man United have to strike. You’re there now and there’s an opportunity.

“When there’s an opportunity, you’ve got to go. The problem is we’ve let this opportunity slip through our hands.”

The former United defender added: “United have stuttered, we’ve got the choke going, haven’t got it quite working properly. We have choked – it’s simple as that.

“I’d put us out of the title challenge unless we go on a run and we change our habits and our lack of consistency.

“But I haven’t seen enough to suggest we can go on a ten, 15-game winning streak. We’re tripping ourselves up all the time. It’s top four – we’ll finish second or third.”