After the team’s 1-2 defeat to Sheffield United in the 20th round of the EFL, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand spoke out harshly.
“There was no fire in their eyes. There was the lack of intensity we are used to seeing from United from the very first minute,” Ferdinand told the Daily Mail.
Chris Wilder set them up very well, I must hand it to Sheffield Wednesday, but United did not challenge them either. Today, Bruno Fernandes, on whom they had relied so heavily in the weeks and months before, failed. For Paul Pogba, the same goes.
It was a reality check if anyone at Old Trafford was getting carried away with their place at the table. I think Man United has been responding beautifully to everything recently, but it seemed to collapse today.
“Rashford and Martial evaporated, they didn’t do anything, nothing was created. They played great last week against Liverpool. From the bottom of the table, Sheffield United. Man Utd looked somber with them, sometimes lifeless. Instability is not what the EPL wins. For many, many months now, we’ve been saying that about Manchester United. What’s holding them back is the instability of individual players in the team.”