Rio Ferdinand: Man United are like a broken record

Rio Ferdinand runs the rule over Manchester United's Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Rio Ferdinand has accused Manchester United of take a “pedestrian” approach to games under Louis van Gaal this season.

The Red Devils came from a goal down to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night to leave United second in Group B on four points, two points behind leaders Wolfsburg after three games.

Seydou Doumbia gave CSKA the lead in the 15th minute in Moscow after David de Gea had saved Roman Eremenko’s penalty, given away by Martial.

But the French teenager made amends 20 minutes into the second half when he headed home Antonio Valencia’s cross.

However, former United defender Ferdinand was less than impressed by what he saw from Louis van Gaal’s men.

Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “The exact word is ‘pedestrian’.

“I feel like a broken record. I have said it nearly every time I have watched Manchester United.

“When the ball gets wide, in the midfield and the forward areas, there are no options. It is just not Manchester United.”

He added: “I can’t imagine the frustration that Louis van Gaal must be feeling, from going to the weekend against Everton (a 3-0 win) to this, where the intensity doesn’t seem anywhere near the same.”

United now turn their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their Manchester derby clash with local rivals City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Van Gaal’s men are third in the table and two points behind their neighbours.

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