Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has strongly criticized the club’s owners, the Glazer family, for their “disgraceful” lack of communication, attributing the recent poor performance of the team to this issue.
In the wake of a disheartening 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton at Old Trafford, Ferdinand expressed his concerns about the state of the club. Brighton had dominated the match, leaving United fans disappointed and frustrated.
The pressure is mounting on current manager Erik ten Hag, as Manchester United’s struggles continue, with three losses in five Premier League matches. The team faces a daunting challenge in the Champions League, traveling to face Bayern Munich in midweek.
Ferdinand believes that comprehensive changes are necessary throughout the club to address the ongoing problems.
‘I don’t think that any fan that watches football, not just Man United, but who watches football and sees what Brighton can do and sees Man United, walked into that stadium at the weekend and thought United would get three points,’ said Ferdinand on his Five YouTube channel.
‘No chance. It’s crazy. People are looking for a scapegoat, that’s the way the media is right now people look for a scapegoat and go that’s the reason.
‘I see people saying [Marcus] Rashford isn’t working hard enough, or Bruno [Fernandes] is the captain. Ralf Rangnick’s comments when he left were along the lines of this doesn’t need medicine this needs open heart surgery.
‘No one looked at that comment and thought ‘let me dig into that’. It shows you that not one individual is going to solve this problem. We had Cristiano Ronaldo, what he’s done in the game, and he can’t solve it.
‘We’ve had a load of managers come in with huge reputations and they haven’t sorted it out. Spent a lot of money and that hasn’t sorted it out. We’ve juggled the pack behind the scenes with recruitment teams and the structure and personnel and that isn’t going to change it.
‘There needs to be a unified approach for it to happen. One of the biggest problems is the ownership.’
The former United defender, like many fans, called for an immediate sale of the club and lambasted the Glazers for their lack of communication.
As the unrest among fans continues to grow, Rio Ferdinand’s strong words highlight the deep-seated concerns about the direction of Manchester United under its current ownership.