Rio Ferdinand slams Manchester Utd players and their ‘awful’ body language during derby defeat


‘They all just want to be mates… no one wants to put someone’s nose out of joint’: Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United’s flops are too ‘NICE’ to each other – and slams their ‘AWFUL’ body language in derby mauling

  • Manchester United were humiliated by neighbours City on Sunday afternoon 
  • The 4-1 defeat was a hammer blow for their Premier League top four hopes 
  • Gary Neville and Roy Keane were scathing of some Utd players afterwards
  • And Rio Ferdinand echoed their sentiment, criticising the dressing room culture











Rio Ferdinand has blasted the current Manchester United squad following their humiliating defeat to neighbours City, saying ‘they all just want to be mates!’  

Ralf Rangnick’s side slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Premier League leaders City on Sunday afternoon, and had moments in the second-half when the ball possession was 92 per cent in favour of the hosts in blue.  

Ex-Manchester United duo Roy Keane and Gary Neville were scathing of United afterwards – and former defender and captain Ferdinand described the body language of the players as ‘awful’, particularly in a derby game. 

Rio Ferdinand has blasted the current Manchester United squad after their defeat to City

There were moments in the second-half where the side led by Harry Maguire only had eight per cent of the ball

Rio Ferdinand has blasted the current Manchester United squad after their defeat to City 

Ralf Rangnick's side slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Man City on Sunday

Ralf Rangnick’s side slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Man City on Sunday 

‘I feel from the outside looking in, they all just want to be mates,’ Ferdinand said on his Vibe With Five YouTube channel. 

‘No one wants to put someone’s nose out of joint. It’s like they’re all in an office job in the city. They’re all being nice and they don’t really like each other but they won’t tell each other. 

‘To win, you’ve got to be pulling people about telling them you’re rubbish, sort yourself out. You don’t have to be that aggressive either… it can be a simple conversation. Please tell me they are (doing that).

‘I don’t see a response. Their body language is awful, walking about slumped, like the world’s against them, looking unhappy.

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Ferdinand described the body language of the United players as ‘awful’ on derby day 

‘You’re playing for Man United man, in a derby, do you know how much those fans in that stadium would give to be on that pitch and you’re walking around like “I could be doing better things than this on a Sunday.”

‘That’s the vibe I’m getting from certain guys. Fred’s an easy cop out, the system didn’t suit him at all.’

‘We’ve seen too many managers come and go, it’s not about the manager. If you’re not here to play football, take criticism and improve yourselves every day. If you’re not willing to work hard every day, come out of the club.’  

United now have a clear midweek to prepare for their next game in the Premier League – at home to Tottenham on Saturday – as they hunt a top four spot.  



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