Rio Ferdinand criticises Manchester United's quiet defence
Rio Ferdinand has told FIVE that Manchester United’s defence is too quiet to be successful.
Ferdinand was speaking in the wake of United’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at The Etihad.
United’s defending was shambolic in the first half, while in the second, the entire team could not even get possession.
Ferdinand won multiple league titles at United and knows what it takes for defenders to be at the top level, and he believes there is a complete lack of organisation.
Speaking about the back four which played at The Etihad, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Alex Telles, former star Ferdinand expressed his concerns.
Ferdinand said: “I don’t see anyone talking. They are whispering, whispering if that. The biggest thing as a defender you’ve got to talk. Look at Van Dijk, Rudiger, they are non stop talking, animated, pulling people about.
“United I look at the defence and ask, is anyone going to chat? Is anyone going to even ‘tap’ wake up?
“All you are doing when you are talking is making sure ‘he stays alive, he stays concentrated’, focused, on his toes. I dont see it. Everything is a reaction.
“I see more reaction out of them, more passion, animation, when the ball is in the back of the net [after conceding].”
No settled back four
Top teams have consistency at the back and United have not been able to find any this season, which has not helped.
Raphael Varane missed this game with Covid, and probably would have started if fit. That would have helped. But it’s unclear who his partner would have been, with constant chopping and changing between Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, while Eric Bailly cannot get a look in.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has for some reason regained his place over Diogo Dalot, although it is not clear why, while Alex Telles was in for Luke Shaw who also has Covid, but has hardly been in great form either.
United’s players have not been playing well enough to keep their places so there are changes, and its possible there are as many as three new starters in the back four against Tottenham next week.
If they are taking note of what Ferdinand has to say, the starters can show an improvement by being more vocal and helping each other out.