Rio Ferdinand says Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin “pose zero threat” in terms of their attacking output at Manchester United.
After defending and criticising Louis van Gaal in the same breath for his style of football, Ferdinand has targeted United midfield pair Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin.
Of United’s 19 Premier League and Champions League games so far this season, Schweinsteiger has made 18 appearances, with Schneiderlin featuring in 14 games.
The German World Cup winner has attempted seven shots, scored no goals and made no assists in that time, while Schneiderlin has one goal and no assists from his seven shots.
If I’m a central midfielder facing [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, I would not be worried,” wrote Ferdinand in The Sun. “They pose zero threat.
“They are not players who can pass the ball like Paul Scholes or Andrea Pirlo and they don’t get forward. They just sit in front of the back four venturing forward for set-pieces.”