Rio Ferdinand Condemns Manchester United After 2-0 Loss To Burnley
Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinard, has attacked the club following their 2-0 loss to Burnley at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez gave their side its first win at Old Trafford since 1962.
Ole Gunnar Solksjar’s men reduced their chance of playing in the Champions League after their second defeat in the space of three days.
The United legend was angry that the Red Devils did not reflect the money that has been spent on it, he added that the club is lacking any sense of direction.
Ferdinand while speaking with BT Sport said: “You said £600 million has been spent on the squad out there…on what? I don’t see it. I don’t see that money.”
“What has been brought? There’s nothing there that suggests to me that this is laying down the foundations for the future.”
“I’m sitting up here and if I’m honest, I’m embarrassed. It’s embarrassing to be here. Not just about the team’s performance but I don’t see what’s coming next, I don’t see a pathway, I don’t see a target is set on the wall and saying we’re going to get to there. I just don’t see it.”
“Put today’s result to one side. I’m talking about recruitment and the actual building of the squad, the foundations that are being put in place for this squad now to go on and challenge at some point, not immediately, be realistic in a couple of years maybe, build that squad, but money has been spent willy nilly the last seven years – what’s to show for it here?”
“I don’t see what’s there. You can’t defend this.”
“There are young kids in schools around the country, they’re not going to be wearing Man Utd shirts, they’re not going to want to come here and support Man Utd based on what you’re seeing out there. It’s just not going to happen.”
He noted that it is embarrassing for the club that their fans are working out of the stadium after 84 minutes. The former England defender called on the people at the top in the club to make a change and put things in place.
“Fans are walking out after 84 minutes, it’s an embarrassment. People at the top need to look and see this and actually make changes, put a plan in place where people can actually see where we’re going now, I don’t see it.”
“I am a football fan. I love this club and want it to do well. Since that point [beating PSG last year] it has been a rocky road. It is not just one area. It all needs to be brought together and it needs someone to come in with a vision to do that.”
“You look at some of the players that have come in were these players ever Manchester United players, really? Who is buying these players? The manager who wanted them for now or the club.”
Ferdinand noted that the best players this season in the club are homegrown players and not the ones purchased outside the club.
“£600 million has been spent on this squad and the best players this season have been homegrown talent. That speaks volumes about the recruitment. It tells you how shoddy it has been.”
“Look at Liverpool, they buy the best players to fit in their system. It is not a short term fix. The total opposite end of the scale here,” he added.