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Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester City treble celebrations to spur Man United on this term

Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United players to use Manchester City’s treble celebrations to inspire themselves ahead of the new season.

Pep Guardiola’s side won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup last term, equalling the record Sir Alex Ferguson set with the Red Devils in 1999.

Man United have since strengthened their squad with the additions of Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana and English midfielder Mason Mount.

Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund is also set to be announced this weekend after undergoing his medical earlier this week.

Man United will look to challenge across all competitions when the new season begins, and Ferdinand believes the success Man City enjoyed last term should serve as inspiration.

“I hope it hurts – I hope none of them watched the celebration on TV,” the former Red Devils defender told talkSPORT.

“It should burn their chests to see their city rivals be so successful and so good. It should inspire them to be better, to be more dedicated, and more consistent.

“Erik ten Hag is going to look for something that is going to be that spark in his team, something that gives his team the impetus to go out there and be consistent and be aggressive, and be dangerous to play against, hard to beat, hard to play against.”

Man United have been playing catch up since Ferguson left in 2013, with just one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Europa League title to their name since the departure of the legendary manager.

Ten Hag will hope to bring back the glory days, but he has his work cut out for him given the quality of opposition he is coming up against domestically and on the planet.

Man City and Arsenal went head-to-head for the title last term and are expected to challenge again this season.

Newcastle United finished fourth last term, four points behind United, and the Magpies will look to impress again.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa are also expected to challenge for silverware this term, and the Red Devils need to keep improving.

They still do not have the squad depth to challenge Man City over the entirety of a season, and their Financial Fair Play concerns and lack of uncertainty over a takeover have complicated matters.