Rio Ferdinand reveals Manchester United's 'biggest mistake'

‘You nail that person immediately .. they’ve let stuff slide too much’: Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United chiefs have made huge error in failing to shut down disgruntled players and agents who sort to cause disruption

  • Rio Ferdinand has slammed Manchester United chiefs over the club’s leniency
  • Former England defender claims the club have ‘let stuff slide too much’ 
  • Ferdinand says club must be stricter on those who ‘disrespect the club publicly’
  • United hung on for a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday evening 

Rio Ferdinand believes that Manchester United’s hierarchy have ‘let stuff slide too much’, and claims that there are number of players and agents who seek to cause disruption at the club.

Ralf Rangnick’s side scraped past Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday evening, but Ferdinand is still upset with the club’s leniency towards outspoken players.

Recent rumours have emerged from Old Trafford that suggest a number of the first-team squad are unhappy with the club’s current situation, which Ferdinand goes on to rebuke. 

Speaking on his Youtube channel, Rio Ferdinand ripped into the Manchester United hierarchy

Speaking on his Youtube channel, Ferdinand said: ‘I think Man United’s biggest mistake they’ve made in recent years is allowing certain players and people externally who are part of players’ circles and networks to disrespect the club publicly.

‘They haven’t slammed the door shut in their face and really put them people in the place they should be.

‘You can’t allow that because the minute you allow that once, one step out of line, other players and people in their circles start thinking ‘oh he got away with it, I’ll say my thing because there’s no repercussions, my player isn’t going to come under any type of fire at the club,’ no.

‘You nail that person immediately and I don’t understand… that’s the mistake hierarchy at the football club in recent years have done poorly.

‘They’ve let stuff slide too much. They’ve got to be drilled those people.’

Ferdinand claims Richard Arnold (left) and Ed Woodward (right) have ‘let stuff slide too much’

 Former England defender says there are a number of players who need ‘to be drilled’

Ferdinand, who made over 300 league appearances for Manchester United, also said that Donny van de Beek’s desire to leave the club is understandable following his regular omissions from the squad.  

‘Donny van de Beek, I understand someone like him being unhappy but from what I hear not a moaner, he gets on with it and isn’t going to tell his agent to speak in the media or spill the beans so that he looks like a certain type of character. 

‘Jesse Lingard [too]. They just want to play football.

‘There will be players who are going to be bad eggs and say that if I don’t play I’m going to make it uncomfortable for everybody.

‘Those players, get out. You go to the manager and tell the manager ‘get rid of that geezer, he’s a disgrace in our changing room, he’s ruining it and he’s going to get beat up at some point.’  

Ferdinand says he understands Donny van de Beek’s desire to leave Manchester United

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