Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the weekend’s Manchester derby.
United came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday evening and Ferdinand says Solskjaer’s side was in ‘disarray’ for much of the tie. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the stoppage time to secure a point and Rio says the performance as a whole was unconvincing.
The Red Devils will now put their focus on a Premier League tie against Manchester City this Saturday. United suffered defeats to Leicester City and Liverpool and champions City are capable of putting more pressure on Solskjaer.
“[Manchester United] can’t have that second-half performance against Man City. If they do they get slapped again,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“It will be three, four, or five because it shows a real lack of respect for the opposition, being really fragmentized, slack and sloppy.”
“The intensity wasn’t there. It was disarray, it was just hope. It came down to a moment of brilliance and Ronaldo has saved them again.”
Paul Scholes comments
“Again it was messy tonight,” he said.
“As soon as Varane went off, it seemed to go all over the place and really shaky. The quality in the middle of the pitch wasn’t there.”
“With a performance like that, it has to be a slight worry ahead of Saturday. Man City will fancy their chances, United have to defend properly. The second half was a mess.”