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Ex-Man Utd star has been disappointed with Ralf Rangnick’s impact so far.

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Ferdinand is surprised Ralf Rangnick hasn’t had any improvement on Man United
Ferdinand is surprised Ralf Rangnick hasn’t had any improvement on Man United

Rio Ferdinand has lambasted Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Harry Maguire, as well as Edinson Cavani and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Manchester United for their abysmal performances under interim boss Ralf Rangnick and admitted that he has been surprised with how the German hasn’t had more impact on the Red Devils.

United failed to seize the chance to close the gap on fourth-placed Arsenal as they were beaten 1-0 by Wolves on Monday night, though, they still have a game in hand against Brentford.

The loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers was the club’s first defeat under Rangnick and it follows a number of below-par performances prior to their 16-day break in December.

However, Ferdinand didn’t hold back in analysing the situation at his former club.

The former Man United skipper said on his podcast Five: 'I think that's a big part of our problem, we don't control enough of the games, and that's down to individuals but also the shape of the team.

'I think there's so much to improve on, there are individuals but also the team shape as at the moment it doesn't seem to be suiting certain players. Certain players aren't showing what they're about.

'We haven't yet seen the Sancho of Dortmund, Rashford looks like a shadow of his former self, Cavani isn't firing really, Wan-Bissaka is shot of confidence, Maguire is lacking confidence at the moment.

'I'm waiting for the players individually to be built up and that's one of the big key points. I thought that was going to be a real jolt, and a real jump, and a real shift when this new manager came in.

'Yes, he needs time, but again after the first game I haven't seen a real shift in that confidence and those performances from individuals to elevate us as a team, and that's what we need to see.'

Phil Jones returned to action after nearly 2 years on the sidelines
Phil Jones returned to action after nearly 2 years on the sidelines

On Phil Jones’ display on Monday, Ferdinand said: 'For someone to come in from the cold like that, you have to tip your hat to someone like that.

'I'm just pleased he got through the game unscathed, no injuries. He put in a decent performance after such a long time out, not easy to do. So you've got to tilt your hat to Phil Jones.

'He's come in for a lot of stick, a lot of my words have been misinterpreted a little bit.

'But you've got to say, "well done" in terms of the amount of time he's been off the pitch, to come in and play in the Premier League and play at the standard he did today.

'Albeit, his header was the one that fell to Moutinho's foot before he scored but I thought he was class for long periods in the game.'

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