Rio Ferdinand has slammed three Manchester United stars after the club’s ’embarrassing’ defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool.
United’s top-four hopes were dealt another blow on a demoralising night at Anfield as Ralf Rangnick’s side were thumped 4-0 by title-chasing Liverpool.
It took Liverpool just five minutes to carve United open and take the lead, with Mohamed Salah finding Luis Diaz free in the box and the Colombian forward firing past a helpless David de Gea.
Salah turned from provider to goalscorer midway through the first half after being played in by a brilliant Sadio Mane pass.
Mane and Diaz combined superbly for Liverpool’s third on 68 minutes and Salah added a fourth late on Jurgen Klopp’s side overwhelmed a struggling United side.
Old Trafford legend Ferdinand has described the defeat as ’embarrassing’ and says Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot were all poor on a painful night for Manchester United.
Reacting to his former club’s defeat on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: ‘Wow. I hate to be negative about Manchester United but the fall from grace is unheralded.
‘It’s never been seen before. It’s alarming but we’ve all seen it coming. A big, big rebuild needs to happen.
‘It was embarrassing. I want to see some passion and desire. That game yesterday showed how far United are behind. You can go through it from No. 1 to 11 and it was poor.
‘The whole team were a shambles. Every goal you can pick someone out. There was no awareness, the two full-backs Wan-Bissaka and Dalot not following their men.
‘Maguire in no man’s land, not tight enough to the striker, not covering the run, in the middle of nowhere. People will say you shouldn’t single out people but it was embarrassing yesterday.’
Liverpool beat Manchester United 9-0 on aggregate this season, becoming the first club to score at least eight goals against United in a Premier League campaign.
Fellow Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel also branded the Anfield defeat as ’embarrassing’
‘Ralf Rangnick used the word “embarrassing”, so I can say the same,’ the legendary goalkeeper said on BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘It’s unprecedented losing 9-0 to Liverpool over two games.
‘We need to modernise the club – we pride ourselves on traditions and our fantastic history, but at some point we stopped planning ahead and we are paying the price now.’
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, admitted he ‘felt a bit’ for Manchester United after his rampant Liverpool side dominated the Anfield fixture.
Asked about scoring nine in a season against United, Klopp said: ‘It doesn’t happen often, and I don’t think it will happen often. It is not a normal situation.
‘They are not in a good moment and on top have a lot of injuries. When [Paul] Pogba left the pitch they played without their usual midfield.
‘The pitch can become really big with a lot of offensive players on it. Centre midfield with [Nemanja] Matic and [Bruno] Fernandes is not how you want to play. Nothing against the players, it is just not their natural game.
‘We had 70-75% of the ball and they have to defend and that is not easy. I feel a bit for them.’
Quadruple-chasing Liverpool return to action on Sunday against Merseyside rivals Everton, while Manchester United face top-four rivals Arsenal on Saturday.
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