Sun 14 August 2022 | 12:41

Rio Ferdinand: Don't blame Ten Hag; De Jong pursuit must end

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand says Erik ten Hag is not to blame for the Red Devils woeful start to the Premier League season.


lost 1-2 against Brighton last week at Old Trafford and they were humiliated on Saturday against



Ten Hag now is the first United manager to lose his first two games in the job since 1921 but Rio Ferdinand says he will not blame the Dutchman for these results.

Ferdinand said on his FIVE podcast:

”I wouldn't blame Ten Hag right now. You can pick at his team selection or whatever, but this is a bigger problem; a wider problem than that," the six-time Premier League winner said.

"I don't feel sorry for the players, I feel sorry for Ten Hag. He's come in under false pretenses. He's come in expecting new signings.

"He's probably sitting there thinking: 'I've been sold a dummy here. I didn't know I was coming into this.'

"Confidence was going to be low. He knew that, but he thought 'I'll be able to rebuild that.' But obviously, the players are not at the standard required; simple as that.

"The results tell you that. This isn't a result over a month or two, this is a result over a long, sustained amount of time. You've had ample time to come back and show us your true selves. It's not happening.”

Ferdinand also criticized the Glazers and said the owners should take responsibility for this situation.

"Where the hell are they? Get here! Get over here.

"This isn't like a normal business; this is a football club with heritage, with history, with character, with personality, real people involved. So, treat it like that.

"They need to come here and communicate. Communication is one of the key components to being successful, from the top down.

"They're not communicating with the fans, they're not communicating with the people, no one knows where they are, they can't put a face to it. I think that's disrespectful, and I think it's out of order.

"They need to come here and put themselves right at the front and start shouldering some of this blame.”

Former United center-back urged the club to end their pursuit of

Frenkie de Jong


"They've walked around behind him, begging him, 'please turn round and notice us.'

"He's looking around and saying 'not for me', and we're still there, 'please give us one chance.' How are we allowing ourselves to be put in a position like that?

"Do you think Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex [Ferguson], or Jose Mourinho would be following around a player like this? They wouldn't be doing that!"

source: SportMob

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