Rio Ferdinand always fully expresses his views on his former beloved club Manchester United. This time the ex-skipper has suggested tactical tweaks to get the best out of the club’s forward line.
According to many observers, United have failed to create fluid attacking movements and combinations upfront.
The club’s as interim manager Rangnick has employed his trademark 4-2-2-2 formation. Ferdinand believes the team needs to play more to the strengths of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
“It’s all going off. I can’t even sit here properly,” he said on Vibe with Five.
“Having to sit here and defend this team is killing me.
“My biggest gripe is that if you’ve got Cavani and Ronaldo in your team — two of probably the best attackers of the ball from wide areas — and you don’t play with any real width or any people that are capable of putting the ball in good areas — then it almost feels like a pointless task.
“You’ve got to play to their strengths. It’s like when we played [Radamel] Falcao years ago. You bring in someone great at attacking balls, but then never cross the ball. How can you expect them to produce the goods?
“Cristiano Ronaldo can do things from other areas, so can Cavani.
“But if two of their big strengths are from when they cross the ball, get the ball in the box. Play with a bit more width, maybe. If he plays this 4-2-2-2, it’s about full-backs providing the width then,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the club’s next fixture will be Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round next Monday.