Man United news: Rio Ferdinand speaks for every fan after 2-1 defeat vs Istanbul Basaksehir

  • Rob Swan

Manchester United have now entered crisis mode once again following two hugely disappointing defeats.

Many fans thought the Red Devils had turned a corner following last week’s emphatic 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig, but that eye-catching result has been followed up with dire performances against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Wednesday night’s Champions League defeat in Turkey was arguably the worst display of Solskjaer’s tenure.

Demba Ba opened the scoring for the home side in the 12th minute following some truly shambolic defending.

"That goal is completely down to organisation. It’s like Under-10’s football,” United legend Paul Scholes commented. "What the back four were doing I have no idea, it’s embarrassing."

Edin Visca then doubled the hosts’ advantage before Anthony Martial pulled a goal back for United on the stroke of half-time.

No further goals were scored in the second half as Istanbul Basaksehir sealed their first ever Champions League group stage win.

Later on Wednesday evening, retired defender Rio Ferdinand spoke for every Man Utd supporter with his post-match rant.

Analysing the woeful defending for Ba’s goal, the former United centre-back said: “You wouldn’t see this on Hackney Marshes.

“Where are the defenders? The goalkeeper [Dean Henderson] must be thinking ‘I’ve not seen this at Sheffield United all last season, I’ve come to Man Utd - one of the biggest teams around - and there’s zero organisation’

“Where is the person organising and dominating that situation?

“I’m screaming at someone if I’m on the half-way line. Crazy.”


Ferdinand also hopes United’s players were fuming with each other inside the dressing room after such an abject team performance.

He continued: “I’m begging that someone’s in that changing room dragging people about or asking the question: ‘Are you for real? Do you know what’s going on here? Where’s your responsibility? Who’s accountable for this?

“Is someone standing up and saying ‘this was my fault’ or digging someone out? Surely that’s happening - I pray to god it is!”


And on Solskjaer, who now finds himself under pressure once again, Ferdinand hopes the United boss dished out the hairdryer treatment - although he’s not convinced this would have been the case.

Ferdinand added: “I hope Ole’s in there in front of people, over people, saying ‘listen, you are embarrassing yourself and me.’”

Asked if it’s in Solskjaer’s personality to do that, Ferdinand added: “It wasn’t his personality as a player, no chance, that wasn’t what Ole was about. He was very quiet, he was somebody who took care of his own game, but he was cutting with comments at times when he needed to be.


“I just hope he’s very animated in that dressing room because those players need a rocket.

“The way they’re playing at the moment, the inconsistency, the way they’re allowing people to run off them…

“I don’t see any intensity at all. There’s no intensity in the way that they play. I don’t see them getting up against people, ruffling feathers on a consistent basis. We might see it for one game, then we don’t see it for two. You can’t do that at a top club.

“If you want to be a top club going for trophies and competing, you need to be doing that week-in, week-out and that’s going to be the demand put on everyone every week.”

Watch Ferdinand's brilliant post-match rant in full here...

United will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways this weekend, although Everton will surely fancy their chances of beating Solskjaer’s side at Goodison Park.

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