Manchester United have been the target of public scrutiny in recent weeks. With the team lacking momentum to struggling to find the back of the net, things aren’t going their way this season. United have also been rumored to have a lot of inside trouble as a lot of players and Ole haven’t been seeing eye to eye. Former United player Rio Ferdinand has now come out to hammer Manchester United’s recruitment strategy following their defeat to Burnley and questioned the signings of six players.
A shocking defeat at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side slipped to their second consecutive defeat and eighth league loss of the season. Burnley were clearly the better side, as Sean Dyche’s team took home the 3 points on Wednesday night. Unfortunately United’s performance level has now led to plenty of questions about the United board and how the club is being run.
The fans have been vocal over the past few weeks in their discontent towards the Glazers and Ed Woodward. But it seems the Burnley defeat was the last straw and Ferdinand also took aim at the club’s executive vice chairman, as he questioned the club’s strategy.
“The recruitment, and you can look at the recruitment over seven years this has been on a downward spiral,” the former United defender said on BT Sport.
“You look at some of the players that have come in, (Marcos) Rojo, (Radamel) Falcao, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Matteo) Darmian, (Memphis) Depay. Were these players ever really United players?”
“For different reasons, either mentality, ability, style of play, were they ever really Manchester United players?”
“And that’s what I was a lot of the time getting baffled with, who’s buying these players? Is it a manager coming in, ‘I want these players for now?’, or is it the club saying ‘no, hold on. we’re going to buy for now but also future proof the club as well.’ And I don’t think that was coming into consideration.”
Last month Solskjaer insisted that he was the one who has the final say on transfers as he tries to rebuild his United squad.
“I will always have the final say. I am not going to let any players in the door without me saying yes definitely,” Solskjaer said.
“It has to be that way. it is a good process and of course if I don’t like a player I don’t want him there.”
Man United lost to Burnley in the Premier League and it prompted Rio Ferdinand to have a dig at the club’s recruitment over the past six years.
United lost to Burnley on Wednesday in a shocking 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Fans have called on the United boss, Solskjaer, to resign as well as Club management Woodward.
Manchester United, currently sit 5th on the EPL table with 34 points. Interesting enough, Tottenham who currently sits 6th, and Wolves who sit 7th, also have 34 points and are just on goal difference. The race to top 4 will be interesting in the days to come.