Manchester United just added yet another humiliating loss to their terrible season, losing 0-2 vs. Burnley at home for the English Premier League.
The Red Devils piled back-to-back losses again and they just don’t seem to find an answer to their struggles, with their supporters asking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s head as he’s miserably failed to get something going.
Amongst them, you’ll find Rio Ferdinand, the legendary defender from the Sir Alex Ferguson tenure, who blasted the club for the way they’ve been spending money lately on players that haven’t been able to lift the club again:
“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,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
The former England international admitted that he’s embarrassed by the club’s recent efforts and the way they’ve performed throughout the season:
“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 being set on the wall and saying we’re going to get to there. I just don’t see it,” he added.
Moreover, Ferdinand was pretty harsh with the way the club is recruiting and developing talents right now, claiming there isn’t an actual project that they could look forward to in the future:
“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,” the former center-back claimed.
Ferdinand also showed his concerns regarding the future of the fan base, as he doesn’t think the way the club is performing right now is going to attract many young fans going forward:
“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. 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,” a clearly disgusted Ferdinand added to his rant.
And last, by not least, Ferdinand compared the way United has spent the money with Liverpool’s signing and scouting policy, proving why they just can’t compete with Jurgen Klopp’s squad right now.
“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? £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,” Ferdinand concluded.
Manchester United aren’t likely to make it to next year’s UEFA Champions League and truth to be told, they should already be looking for a new coach, as Solskjaer isn’t going to last much longer if he doesn’t turn the tables pretty quick.