After rivals Manchester City won the Premier League, the Champions League, and the Europa League last season, Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand said he hoped his team’s players were harmed.
When Manchester City won the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in a single season, they made soccer history.
The FA Cup was won by Pep Guardiola’s squad with a 2-1 victory against Manchester United in the championship game.
After ending a six-year trophy drought with the Carabao Cup, Erik ten Hag’s team had a disheartening season finale.
But Ferdinand is optimistic that United’s players will respond to City’s success next season.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England defender said:
I truly pray for the [Manchester United] guys’ pain.
I hope [Manchester] City feels the pain of their own celebrations. Seeing their competition achieve such great success must be quite frustrating for them.
“It should inspire them to be better,” Ferdinand said.