‘It looks like a team just thrown together… is the manager giving the players the right information?’: Man United legend Rio Ferdinand slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their dismal Liverpool defeat and questions his side’s lack of identity
- Rio Ferdinand could not hide his fury as Man United lost 5-0 to rivals Liverpool
- Ferdinand was tweeting during the match and said it was ‘men against boys’
- The United legend later discussed the damning result on his Five podcast show
- Ferdinand suggests his former club no longer have an identity to fall back upon
Rio Ferdinand has come out all guns blazing after Manchester United’s humiliating 5-0 loss to arch rivals Liverpool and questioned whether the club even has an identity any more.
Ferdinand was watching on along with millions around the world as United were painfully torn apart by a heavily-rotated Liverpool team, and went in at half-time four goals down with the match out of sight.
During the majority of the match Ferdinand was venting his opinion via Twitter on social media, though has now discussed the match in full via his Five podcast.
Rio Ferdinand has come out all guns blazing after Manchester United’s humiliating home loss
Liverpool ran riot at Old Trafford and had put the game to bed before the half-time whistle
Speaking with his brother Anton, Ferdinand reflected: ‘It was an embarrassment. I’ve been there, we got beat 6-1 at home by Man City. But we had an identity to fall back on in a couple of weeks.
‘This is the problem for this team, they’re struggling to find an identity and who they are.
‘These are the questions, when you watch the game, you think “what are we?”
‘Is the manager giving the players the right information? And if so, are the players not taking on the information?
‘That’s what the manager needs to get to the bottom of because at the moment it looks like a team just thrown together.’
Many former United players turned pundits have been reluctant to criticise their ex-team mate Solskjaer and the complex job he has on his hands, but Ferdinand was quick to question the methods of coaching.
He added: ‘They look like a team you watch and think “are they coached properly? are they taking in the information?”
‘They’ll be embarrassed today. Their pride. They’re going to have to have big meetings, they’re going to have to talk.
Ferdinand knows what it’s like to be on the end of a big loss but insists his side had identity
‘It’s very disappointing and not a nice place to be as a Man United fan. The best teams all had an identity and they all know who they are.’
The result leaves United in seventh place in the table with Solskjaer’s job now coming under intense scrutiny.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emerged as the early frontrunner to take over at Old Trafford should Solskjaer receive the axe, while former Real Madrid man Zinedine Zidane is also linked.