Rio Ferdinand 'Embarrassed' By Manchester United's Performance Against Burnley
Rio Ferdinand lambasted Manchester United for their terrible performance against Burnley, the money being spent badly on transfers and the lack of direction by Ed Woodward.
In a season of lows United's performance at home in the Premier League against Burnley might have been the lowest as they lost 2-0 through goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez, and had little in the way of reply.
Speaking on BT Sport after the match, former United defender, turned pundit, Ferdinand said he was 'embarrassed' by the game, worried about the '£600 million', questioning the 'shoddy recruitment' that had been spent on the club and said that the best players this season had been 'homegrown talent' like 'Brandon Williams, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay.'
"I don't see a £600m squad out there! What has been bought?!"- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 22, 2020
"I'm sitting up here and I'm embarrassed!" :weary:
"People at the top need to make changes. You can't defend this!" :rage:@rioferdy5's blood is boiling as he reacts to Burnley's first win at Old Trafford since 1962... pic.twitter.com/KOr2UyiZ5N
"At that time his record was phenomenal and you get caught up in emotions."- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 22, 2020
"The most impressive players this season have been the homegrown talent!"@rioferdy5 explains why he was so in favour of Solskjaer last season, and how "shoddy" recruitment has let Man Utd down... pic.twitter.com/gYQpy85erf
"If you've been doing your recruitment right you wouldnt have to rely on kids."- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 22, 2020
"How have you let Lukaku go and Sanchez go? And not have anyone to replace them...Martial flatters to deceive."@petercrouch and @rioferdy5 have not been impressed by transfers at Old Trafford :rage: pic.twitter.com/ZoCOEWxFPU
Whilst United have spent in recent years they have also seen players leave the club without really replacing them with Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini leaving from midfield with no new investment and Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku leaving from the attack without being replaced.
The club have been linked with Bruno Fernandes in this transfer window, as they were in the summer, but the midfielder remains with Sporting.
It was always going to be a tough night for the Red Devils after they lost Marcus Rashford to a long term injury last week but they did start the brighter with Anthony Martial and Jun Mata both having relatively simple chances.
However their momentum soon died down and once Burnley scored the first goal Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team never looked liked getting back into it.
It's hard to disagree with any of the criticism from Ferdinand or elsewhere and it begs the question, what next for United?