Roy Keane criticises Rio Ferdinand’s ‘ridiculous’ debut-like performance

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane criticises the Red Devils' performance in a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk

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Rio Ferdinand signed a new Man United contract back in May Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Roy Keane has criticised Rio Ferdinand’s disappointing performance in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford.

The former United captain wasn’t impressed by Ferdinand’s haphazard display as the Red Devils stumbled to a slender win against the Ukrainian champions.

Rio Ferdinand’s decision making, the chances he has taken, it is ridiculous. It is like his debut [on Tuesday night]

Roy Keane

The 35-year-old centre-half wasn’t the only recipient of blunt criticsm from Keane as the ex-Republic of Ireland international added that Ashley Young’s United career is coming to an end after the winger failed to test Shakhtar,

“There has been no reaction from the United players from the disappointment of last week. They don’t look like a team, just a collection of individuals running around,” Keane told ITV.

“You can defend players for making mistakes but you cannot defend players for not tackling and not getting close to people.

“They (United) had a couple of good chances through Ashley Young towards the end of the first half. He should certainly hit the target. I think it sums up his time at Man United, just not good enough.

“David Moyes took the heat off the players before the game by saying it is his responsibility but we are talking about experienced players.

“Rio Ferdinand’s decision making, the chances he has taken, it is ridiculous. It is like his debut tonight.

“As we said before the game, there are big question marks over the manager and the players. That for Manchester United is certainly not good enough.”

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