Jose Mourinho’s men weathered a late Celta Vigo goal and an Eric Bailly red card during the latter stages to secure a date with Ajax in Stockholm on May 24.
Winning the Europa League, along with the League Cup, would constitute a strong first season for Mourinho, but questions continue to loom over their Premier League form as Man United languish in sixth spot with three games to go.
And Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport, has noted that the experienced trio will be decidedly underwhelmed by their side’s place in the league table and expect more from their younger teammates.
“To think where they are sitting in the league and think they are going to be happy with that, they won’t be.
“When people say they’re disappointed, yes they’re disappointed as players, and they will be disappointed where they are.
“This is a real opportunity now for them (in the Europa League).”
Any player in this current side, no matter how important they are, should not wear the badge if they deem sixth spot as a reasonable place to finish this season.
I’d like to think that no player thinks this, with the emphasis instead being on how they eradicate their ineptitude in front of goal in the league – something that hasn’t hampered them in other competitions for some reason – next season. Supporters will hope that Mourinho, following a nine month period that has seen a dramatic mentality shift, receives the resources needed to address this issue over the summer.