Rio: Liverpool deserve credit; United deserve abuse

Date published: Friday 11th March 2016 9:25

Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool “played like Manchester United back in the day” as they defeated Louis van Gaal’s side on Thursday.

The Reds eased to a comfortable 2-0 victory over United in the Europa League round of 16 first leg at Anfield, with the return leg to take place at Old Trafford next Thursday. Read 16 Conclusions here.

Paul Scholes lambasted United after the game, and fellow BT Sport pundit and former United player Ferdinand did not need a second invitation to join him.

“I wouldn’t want to be a player walking past the away fans tonight because they will get abused and rightly so,” the former defender said.

“Liverpool deserve the credit because they should have had three or four. They played like United played back in the day. They were on the front foot from the word go and overran United across the park.

“I see what’s happening at Anfield. Klopp says ‘jump’ and Liverpool say ‘how high?’. I don’t sense that’s happening at United.

“I was thinking ‘do these players even know they are playing at Anfield? Is it filtering through to those United players?’

“I’ve written down a list of players. Di Maria, Nani, Evra, Welbeck, Chicharito, Evans, Fletcher, Rafael, Kagawa … I could go on. Are they worse than the players out there? They are better than that team there — that’s the problem.”

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