United leg­ends take swipe at man­ager

New Straits Times - - SPORT - Mail Daily

MANCH­ESTER: Manch­ester United greats rounded on Jose Mour­inho af­ter they were em­bar­rass­ingly dumped out of the Cham­pi­ons League by un­fan­cied Sevilla.

Rio Fer­di­nand and Paul Sc­holes slammed the man­ager and his play­ers as a late Wis­sam Ben Yed­der dou­ble sent Sevilla through on one of the worst nights in United’s Euro­pean his­tory.

Fer­di­nand went as far as to say United’s play­ers looked like strangers, while Mour­inho him­self as­ton­ish­ingly pro­claimed: “That’s foot­ball, it’s not the end of the world.”

“Ter­ri­ble,” Fer­di­nand fumed. “They looked like a team thrown to­gether full of strangers.

“They went out there and played ner­vously and cau­tiously, you’ve got to take the game by the scruff of the neck. They gave noth­ing for the fans to cheer about.

“Top teams don’t pick and choose when they play. They are con­sis­tently good.”

“That’s the way the man­ager likes to play, on the counter at­tack,” Sc­holes said. “It was dif­fi­cult watch­ing that and the first game. There is no de­sire, no en­ergy, no speed. It’s un­ex­plain­able. Teams go and try. United didn’t try and win the game away from home.

“Surely the man­ager must see Sanchez’s not been good enough. He doesn’t know his best front three. He needs to choose his best and leave Sanchez out.”

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