The Red Devils failed to close the gap with fourth-placed Arsenal last night after their 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. They now lie in eighth.
And Ferdinand doesn't think anybody at the club should be happy with that position.
"There is a big difference in class [between Manchester United and the Premier League top two] but it wasn't this game that showed us that, we knew that coming into this game because Liverpool and [Manchester] City, I think, are a cut above the rest in this league. Everyone else is in the chasing pack," Ferdinand said on BT Sport .
"Man United, they're in eighth at the moment and looking at the league table isn't a pretty sight at all, as a Man United fan, and the supporters won't be happy with that, but the players need to build on this, they started the game with some form of intensity, they got a decent result against a team that are in form - Arsenal. So that's something to build on.
"You've got to take the positives from somewhere and that's the job of the management to say: 'Right, there were certain things we can take positives from, then build on it.'"