Manchester United Legend Rio Ferdinand has criticized Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for their performance during United’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United in the Premier League Wednesday night.
United have been in great form for a while now, dumping Liverpool out of the FA Cup at the weekend, on the back of six wins and three draws in their previous nine Premier League matches but faltered yesterday’s night.
The Red Devil’s terrific form had put them amongst the title contenders this season with them topping the log for two weeks, but they failed to reclaim the top spot following their loss.
Yesterday’s victory was the Blades’ only second win of the 2020-21 season, giving themes hope of survival.
The 20 time EPL winners remain second place with 40 points, while Manchester City are a point clear at the top, but Pep Guardiola’s men still have a game in hand.
“They didn’t have that zip about them. From minute one, really, there wasn’t that cut and thrust we’ve seen from United. Credit Sheffield United, Chris Wilder set them up very well, but United didn’t ask the questions. Bruno Fernandes, who they’ve relied on so heavily in recent weeks, months, didn’t get it going today. Paul Pogba the same,” Ferdinand told BT Sport after the final whistle.
Kean Bryan put the away side 1-0 up within 23 minutes after the blast of the whistle and Sheffield United remained resolute till halftime as the score remained one nill to the away side.
Harry Maguire led by example by scoring a header in the 64th minute which served as an equalizer for Manchester United. However, it took the Blades just 16 minutes to get the winning goal as Oliver Burke sealed the game for Sheffield with his strike.
“If anybody was starting to get carried away at Old Trafford, with the position that they’re on, it was a reality check. I think recently Man Utd, in terms of reaction, have been brilliant but tonight it seemed to come crumbling down. Rashford and Martial were invisible, didn’t get on the end of anything, didn’t create anything. If anybody was starting to get carried away at Old Trafford, with the position that they’re on, it was a reality check,” added Ferdinand.
Manchester United will next take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday before locking horns with Southampton in the coming week.