Rio Ferdinand is confused by his former teammate Michael Carrick being on the bench for Manchester United.
The BT Sport pundit – who played alongside Carrick for eight years – says the midfielder’s name should be the first on Louis van Gaal’s team sheet.
Carrick did not start against Wolfsburg on Tuesday night, with Van Gaal preferring Marouane Fellaini in midfield alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger in a move that David Moyes would have embraced.
“When you’ve got a player like Michael Carrick, he’s my first man I put in that team,” says Ferdinand of his friend.
“It baffles me to see the way he’s sitting on the bench. To win things you have to take risks, and this current team don’t do it – it’s too safe.”
Ferdinand laughed off suggestions from Van Gaal that this United side is not ready to win the Champions League.
“When you spend £250million, to come out and say that is quite astonishing really,” he said.
“You look at that and think you should have a plan B, plan C or plan D – but it doesn’t even look like they have a plan B.
“He sends Fellaini on and puts him behind the striker and they just pump it up to him. For a club like United doing that, it surprises me.”
Ferdinand, who played in the Europa League with United in 2011/12, said: “It’s embarrassing. Listen, I was in a squad that went into the Europa League and it’s an embarrassment.
“You don’t want to come out of your house or walk around Manchester. You see people looking at you and thinking you’re not good enough, questioning you as an individual and as part of a team.”
Ferdinand, lest we forget, was also part of David Moyes’ Manchester United side that finished seventh.