Rio Ferdinand explains Man United’s biggest problem under Jose Mourinho

The Manchester United legend discusses his former club's lack of ruthlessness under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Manchester United’s lack of a ruthless streak under Jose Mourinho this season.

The Red Devils booked their place in the Europa League final thanks to a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

However, Manchester United were made to sweat in the second half when Facundo Roncaglia levelled with five minutes remaining at the Theatre of Dreams.

The 20-time English champions were reduced to 10 men when Eric Bailly received a red card, while Celta Vigo’s goal-scorer Roncaglia was also dismissed.

Manchester United clung on to set up a Europa League final meeting with Eredivisie giants Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday 24 May.

Ferdinand, though, felt that Manchester United should have score more goals against Celta Vigo to avoid the frenetic finish at Old Trafford.

Speaking to BT Sport about the Red Devils’ performance in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, Ferdinand said:

“The problem with this Manchester United team is that they have not had that ruthless streak. Top teams are ruthless.

“If they get a chance to kill teams off, they do it. United haven’t done that. That’s been a problem all year.”

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The retired England defender was part of the Manchester United team that beat Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League final in 2008.

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