Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have a better footballing philosophy than his old club Manchester United, according to TeamTalk.

The former centre-back is on a shortlist of candidates to take on a technical director role at Old Trafford, and has refused to rule out the possibility of taking the job.

And in a recent debate, the 40-year-old conceded that there is a “big gap” between Liverpool, City and Tottenham and the rest of the chasing pack.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Leroy Sane of Manchester City is challenged by Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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“Man United are looking for their ideology still,” he said.

“They went away from it after Sir Alex Ferguson, they tried to take it on under different managers and it didn’t work, so they are still searching.

“They need to lock down a philosophy, an ideology, but it’s not just the first team – it needs to be across the club, with younger players and the foundations, all the way through.

“There needs to be some sort of story at a football club for the stars and the staff to believe in.

“Liverpool have got that, Jurgen Klopp has created that. Man City have got that – Pep (Guardiola) has created that. But they have been allowed to create it. They have had time.

“Do I think Man United can do that? I think time will tell – Ole has a window to work in and then he has to put that jigsaw in place.

“It is a big gap between Man City, Liverpool and Spurs. They will build again, they will recruit again.

“Man United always used to compete from the front – from a financial position and from a trophy position, winning. So if you approach a player you didn’t have to talk about money – we were winning the league every year.

“I could have gone for bigger money, easy. I could have left for bigger money, but I was addicted to wining, so why leave?

“There are people around Man United who can pay the same or more and now they haven’t got the added pull of winning trophies and being in the mix to win the big trophies.

“And you have Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, all massive clubs in transition, so Man United are not top of the queue when it comes to the big players.”

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