Rio Ferdinand slams Solskjaer’s ‘aimless’ Man Utd tactics from hospital bed

Rio Ferdinand slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's “aimless” Manchester United tactics from his hospital bed

The Red Devils legend believes his old squad need to improve their pressing (Pictures: FIVE / Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has criticized Manchester United’s approach when he is not in possession of the ball, calling his pressing “aimless”.

The Red Devils were beaten 5-0 at home to Liverpool on Sunday when Jurgen Klopp’s side broke through United’s defense at will.

Struggling with a bad back, Ferdinand had to watch the game from the hospital but called his weekly Vibe with FIVE YouTube series to share his thoughts on the defeat and United’s lackluster and uncoordinated work off the ball.

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United were completely outclassed in Sunday’s loss to Liverpool (Image: Getty)

“He has a great collection of players who need to be formed into a team and that is the manager’s job and he has to find a way,” Ferdinand said from his hospital bed.

“The players have to take responsibility, but you have to be prepared to perform at your best and it doesn’t seem to be like that at the moment.

“I see Bruno Fernandes pressing, just by himself. I see Mason Greenwood pushing alone. I very rarely see where they all go together.

“You are looking at the Liverpool team” [on Sunday] when they went and pushed, they went in as if four and five of them were. You beat a bit of the press on the first run, Andy Robertson is right behind, Diogo Jota right behind, Jordan Henderson, etc. They’re just all in, they all go, they’re all where they’re supposed to be.

“And then right now you have a really fragmented view of the Man United team. This kind of result and performance has been waiting for a long time. It could easily have happened to Villarreal, but we got away with it, Leicester, Newcastle even had chances.

“I haven’t seen United this season and thought, ‘Wow! We totally dominated this team ”, either with the ball or without possession. And that’s what the best teams do.

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Solskjaer now faces big questions about his future at United (Image: Getty)

“The city does, yes, they dominate teams with possession, but they also suffocate you when they don’t have the ball. Because they’re drilled, they’re a team that’s a well-oiled machine. And I’m afraid Man United just doesn’t look like that right now and that’s what’s worrisome. ‘

Ferdinand added, “Yes, these players are running around, they are running hard, they are sprinting, but it seems like it is aimless and that is the problem.

“I have no doubt that the coaching staff are working hard behind the scenes, but there have to be big changes to get the most out of these players. But if the players don’t, then they have to be told clearly. Drill life out of people and get them moving. ‘

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