Rio Ferdinand thinks Man Utd are “running around” during matches but insists it’s all “aimless” after their 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered a humilating defeat at the hands of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp as the Red Devils dropped to seventh place in the Premier League.
It is now just one point from four Premier League matches for Man Utd and just three wins in their last nine matches in all competitions.
The summer additions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo were meant to take Man Utd to another level but instead they seem to have gone backwards under Solskjaer.
And Ferdinand – who is in hospital with back problems – has told the Man Utd coaching staff to “drill the life out” the players.
“He’s got a great collection of players that need to be moulded into being a team and that’s the job of the manager, and he needs to find a way of doing that,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five.
“The players need to take responsibility as well, but you’ve got to be set up to be able to perform at your best and at the moment it doesn’t seem to be like that.
“I see Bruno Fernandes pressing, just pressing on his own. I see Mason Greenwood going pressing by himself. I very rarely see it where they all go as one.
“You watch the Liverpool team [on Sunday] when they went and pressed, they were going in like fours and fives. The first pass, you beat that little bit of a press, Andy Robertson is right behind, Diogo Jota right behind, Jordan Henderson etcetera. They’re just all in, they’re all going there, they’re all standing where they’re meant to be.
“And then you’ve got a real fragmented look to the Man United team at the moment. This type of result and performance has been waiting for a long time. Villarreal it could have easily happened but we got away with it, Leicester, Newcastle even had chances.
“I’ve not watched United this season and thought, “Wow! We’ve totally dominated that team”, and that’s either with the ball or controlling them even when out of possession. And that’s what the best teams do.
“City do it, yes, they dominate teams in possession, but also they suffocate you when they haven’t got the ball. Because they’re drilled, they’re a team that’s a well-oiled machine. And I’m afraid Man United just don’t look like that at the moment and that’s the worrying thing.”
Ferdinand added: “Yeah these players are running around, they run hard, sprints, but it seems like it’s aimless and that’s the problem.
“I’ve got no doubt the coaching staff are working hard behind the scenes, but it’s got to be big changes in what they’re doing to get the best out of these players. But if the players aren’t doing it, then they’ve got to be told in no uncertain terms. Drill the life out of people and get them moving.”