Rio Ferdinand reacts to defender’s performance in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Everton

The Manchester United legend questions Marcos Rojo's defending for Phil Jagielka's goal

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand was critical of Marcos Rojo’s defending for Everton’s goal in Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The Merseyside club were looking to respond following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the derby at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Everton opened the scoring in the first half thanks to Phil Jagielka’s close-range finish after Ashley Williams had nodded the ball into his fellow centre-half’s path.

Argentina international Rojo was unable to prevent Jagielka from getting his right foot to the ball despite the Manchester United star marking the Englishman closely.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a point with a late spot-kick after Ashley Williams was sent off for a handball in added time.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand felt that Rojo didn’t do enough to prevent Jagielka from getting on the end of Williams’s header.

“Fellaini doesn’t get near enough to Williams but I think Rojo has to head this. Even if it means getting kicked in the face or a bloody nose, he’s got to go and head this,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

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Jagielka’s goal was his first in two seasons since finding the net in a 3-2 loss at Aston Villa at Villa Park back in May 2015.

Manchester United have drawn their last two Premier League games with Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion.

The Red Devils appointed Mourinho as their manager back in May 2016.

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