Ferdinand says Dalot and Wan-Bissaka should be 'spitting feathers' after Atletico snub
Ralf Rangnick took a gamble and started Victor Lindelof at right-back for Manchester United against Atletico Madrid.
The interim boss is not afraid to make big calls, and this was his biggest yet since taking charge in December, with the shock decision coming in United’s most important game of the season.
While Rangnick has the trust of United fans, the move did not pay off, with Atletico causing United plenty of defensive problems from the first whistle, and scoring after just seven minutes.
Left on the bench
In selecting Victor Lindelof, Rangnick omitted two right-backs who have cost the club almost £70 million combined, Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Former star Rio Ferdinand says both players have a right to be frustrated with the manager’s decision, with a centre-back selected ahead of them.
Ferdinand told BT Sport: “If I’m one of the right-backs in that squad I’ spitting feathers. He obviously doesn’t rate me.”
While both players will understandably be disappointed not to play, the context of the fixture being a rare occasion means it should just be taken as a one-off.
The experiment did not work out very well, with Wan-Bissaka replacing Lindelof after 65 minutes.
One of Dalot or Wan-Bissaka will still be expected to start the second leg at Old Trafford.
Dalot has been the regular right-back in recent months and hoped to have sewn up the position.
His omission last night shows he still has a way to go, and that he is not an automatic must-pick as he would like.
Rangnick’s decision highlights that the right-back position is still one which is ‘up for grabs’ looking into the future.
While it is not top priority, this still could be a position United address in the summer, depending on the view of the next manager.
The Mail reported last month that Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey is a player admired by Rangnick, who he could recommend for a potential summer move.
Before the summer, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka will have time to continue to stake their claim, with plenty of big matches coming up.