Ferdinand slams Rangnick over lack of Man Utd progress

Joe Williams
Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick shrugs

Rio Ferdinand thinks every Man Utd player is “a shadow of their former self” despite Ralf Rangnick’s arrival at the club.

The German took over in late November on an interim basis after replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked following a poor run of results.

Rangnick will move into a consultancy role at the end of the season as he helps Man Utd select a new manager and oversees the club structure.

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The former RB Leipzig boss has only lost one game since taking the reins at Old Trafford but his side’s performances have been far from impressive.

And Ferdinand has been alarmed by how little Man Utd have improved when compared to the impact Thomas Tuchel had at Chelsea last campaign.

“The manager talked in his first press conference about improving players and I’m still yet to see that,” Ferdinand said on the Vibe with Five podcast.

“Has he had enough time on the training ground will be his argument I’m sure. But these players need improvement because they’re not doing it. Almost every player, to a man, is a shadow of their former self. I don’t see anyone going best the levels they were at before as yet.

“Great managers improve people. We’ve seen what Thomas Tuchel’s done at Chelsea in that short space of time. We saw players elevate and become better players, consistently for a sustained period of time.

“Rudiger, before Tuchel came in, wasn’t even getting stripped. They were trying to sell him, his confidence couldn’t be any lower. He’s rejuvenated. Alonso has come while Chilwell has been injured. Rejuvenated. Playing well. Reece James went another level.

“He created an environment where the players felt comfortable. You do need the results but you’ve got to start getting it from somewhere.”

Meanwhile, Wes Brown wants to see Bruno Fernandes keep up the form that saw him score a brace in United’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday.

“He was getting himself into those positions where we like to see him,” Brown told the club’s official website. “He was scoring the two goals and bringing some of that quality back that he gave us a lot last season and in probably every game. You could see he was back into it.

“We need to see more from him, he has got to keep that going now, but it was a very good performance from him. The first goal, he got a bit lucky with it, but the second goal was fantastic.

“He was back about the pitch, you could see that energy in him and he was looking to score. Hopefully we will see that again, because he’s had a few ups and downs this season.”