Rio Ferdinand has been one of the most decorated players in English football’s history, winning six Premier League titles, a Champions League and three FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
Rio Ferdinand has slammed Manchester United’s “biggest mistake” but had some sympathy for one player. The former defender criticized the club for not signing Paul Pogba, who left Old Trafford in 2012.
Under Ralf Rangnick, Donny van De Beek has battled for playing time. (MB Media/Getty Images/Sebastian Frej photo)
Manchester United’s greatest error, according to Rio Ferdinand, is not holding players and agents responsible for causing disturbance at the club.
United visit Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round today, and Ralf Rangnick is hopeful his team can bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Wolves last time out.
Since then, there have been several stories of various players being dissatisfied with his methods as well as a lack of playing time at the club.
This isn’t the first time rumours of dressing room dissatisfaction have surfaced, with Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both dealing with similar issues, and Ferdinand believes United haven’t dealt with such occurrences before.
‘I believe Man United’s greatest error in recent years has been allowing some players and individuals outside of players’ circles and networks to openly insult the club,’ the United veteran remarked on his YouTube channel.
‘They haven’t slammed the door in their faces and actually placed those folks where they belong.’
‘You can’t tolerate that because the minute you let that one step out of line, other players and people in their circles start thinking “well he got away with it, I’ll say what I want since there aren’t any ramifications, my player isn’t going to come under any sort of criticism at the club,” no.
‘You nail that individual right away, and I don’t understand… that’s the error the football club’s administration has made in recent years.
‘They’ve let a lot of things lapse. Those individuals must be drilled.’
This month, Donny van de Beek was linked with a transfer elsewhere (Photo: Rob Newell – CameraSport / Getty Images).
Several players, including Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek, are expected to leave the club this month.
Ferdinand, on the other hand, feels that the Dutch midfielder has every right to seek a transfer following a lack of playing time, but that he is being professional about the issue.
‘It’s inevitable that you’ll have disgruntled players; it’s part of the job and management.’ You’ll have to deal with disgruntled players because there will be people in that team who aren’t playing,’ he continued.
‘I understand someone like Donny van de Beek being upset, but from what I’ve heard, he’s not a moaner; he gets on with it and isn’t going to order his agent to talk to the press or spill the beans so that he seems to be a particular sort of character.’
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‘They simply want to play football,’ says Jesse Lingard.
‘But then there’s another sort of player who understands being on the periphery of a team, who only plays a few games, who embraces it and wants to be a part of it.’
‘Then there will be players who will be nasty eggs and say that if I don’t play, I’m going to make everyone uncomfortable.’
‘I’m going to come in and disrupt the ambiance in the dressing room by being disrespectful to folks and not showing up on time.’
‘Get out, those players.’ “Be rid of that geezer, he’s a disgrace in our changing room, he’s spoiling everything, and he’s going to get beat up at some time,” you warn the manager.
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