Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand has raises four questions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being taken to hospital during the Red Devils’ Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. United were dominated from start to finish as Jurgen Klopp’s men racked-up five unanswered goals.
Ferdinand took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to post a picture of himself in a hospital bed with the caption: “This 60 mins have sent me to A&E.”
By that time, United were experiencing one of their most miserable afternoons in Premier League history. The Red Devils were 1-0 down after just five minutes as Naby Keita stroked home after exploiting a hole in the home defence. And they were 2-0 behind eight minutes later as Diogo Jota slid in to connect with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s teasing cross.
Mohamed Salah then notched twice before the break and completed his hat-trick five minutes into the second period to wrap-up the victory for Liverpool.
Former England centre-back Ferdinand was in his usual form on Monday as he spoke about United’s plight from his hospital bed. Ferdinand said on his FIVE Youtube channel.
“The manager and the coaching staff are implementing the tactics but the players don’t seem to be able to carry it out for one reason or another.
It was an embarrassment. I’ve been there when we got beat 6-1 at home to Man City but we had an identity to fall back on in the coming weeks.
This is the problem for this team – they’re struggling to find an identity, struggling to find who they are. Do they know who they are? Do they know what they are?
These are the questions you think when watching the game.
Defensively, we look all over the place. Ole, in his mind, he would have thought to himself that he’s going to go back to the two in midfield with McTominay and Fred but I think it shows it doesn’t matter who it is in there, the team structure is not right.
It doesn’t matter who you put in there, it’s not working so the question is, is the manager giving the players the right information? And if so, are the players not taking on the information?
That’s what the manager needs to get to the bottom of. That’s what the club need to get to the bottom of because at the moment they look like a team of individuals that are thrown together.”
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