Rio Ferdinand reacts to Man United’s 2-1 loss to Sevilla

Rio Ferdinand has his say about Manchester United's disappointing 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the Champions League

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand labelled Manchester United’s performance as “terrible” after they were dumped out of the Champions League following a 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the last 16 on Tuesday night.

After a goalless draw in the first leg, Manchester Untied headed into the game as the overwhelming favourites to progress through to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.

However, the Red Devils struggled to break down the Spanish side and the game was goalless at the break at Old Trafford.

Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder then netted twice to put the visitors 2-0 up, before Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for the home side.

But it was too little too late for the Red Devils, as they were sent crashing to a disappointing defeat by the Spanish side.

Manchester United legend Ferdinand was clearly not impressed by what he had seen from the Red Devils as he delivered a scathing assessment of the performance after the final whistle.

Speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand said when asked for his reaction: “Terrible. I didn’t see this result of this performance coming, especially after the weekend against Liverpool.

“I thought they would have brought confidence to this game. They looked like a team thrown together and full of strangers.

“They played nervously and cautiously from the beginning. In these games you have to take them by the scruff of the neck.

“You’ve got to give the fans something to shout about. This stadium was quiet and that’s down to the players. The players on the pitch have to inspire the stadium at times.”

Manchester United must now dust themselves down as they prepare for their FA Cup quarter-final clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Red Devils are second in the Premier League table after their victory over Liverpool FC at Old Trafford last weekend.

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