Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said that the Red Devils are going backwards under Louis van Gaal.
United have failed to win their last five games in all competitions, and have lost the last two against Wolfsburg in the Champions League and Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
"Players are playing it safe because they are afraid of the consequences if they try to take chances," Ferdinand told The Sun.
"Manchester United are going backwards again and I don't see that changing because the manager will not change. They have to be allowed to express themselves."