Rio Ferdinand bemoans United's lack of creativity

David de Gea delivered a scathing assessment of Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at Everton on Saturday.

The Spanish goalkeeper told BT Sport: “A disgrace. We’re not good enough, for sure. We don’t score, we don’t even create proper chances to score.”

“We knew before today Everton were struggling and how difficult it was going to be – they were tired, they were nervous, but they keep going and keep fighting. They had more desire than us, which is not acceptable. It’s very sad to lose today.”

Those comments were put to Rio Ferdinand on his FIVE YouTube channel, where he was doing his own assessment of the hugely underwhelming defeat at Goodison Park.

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“In terms of chances, they don’t look like creating chances,” said Ferdinand. “I watched the game.

“It doesn’t look like they’re getting anywhere near making any good chances. The other thing as well, they put the ball in the box and Ronaldo is on his own.

“He’s by himself! For a centre-back, it’s easy. I do feel for these guys. This pressure is a madness.

“We were lucky we were in a generation which didn’t have this pressure but we had different pressure.”

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The game completely changed when Everton scored and from that point on, United did not seriously ever look like scoring.

De Gea’s assessment of the performance is right, and he has not been scared to front up to the cameras in interviews after bad defeats this term.

The campaign is just fading away while United wait for the wave of optimism generated by the new manager, but it is clear he will have plenty of work to do.

The contrast between United’s loss to Everton and the Manchester City clash with Liverpool the next day did not reflect well on anyone inside Old Trafford.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.