Rio Ferdinand explains Man United’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth

Rio Ferdinand has his say after Man United's 1-0 loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand claimed that Manchester United “never got going” and lacked “cohesion” after their 1-0 defeat by Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils headed into the game looking to continue their recent winning streak but they failed to make it back to back victories in the Premier League as they suffered their fourth defeat of the season in the top flight.

Josh King scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time at the Vitality Stadium as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men struggled to click into gear on the south coast.

Manchester United had 58 per cent possession but failed to convert that dominance into chances, with the Red Devils mustering just four shots on target during the game, compared to Bournemouth’s six.

The result left Manchester United in eighth place in the Premier League table and significantly adrift of the top four in the race for Champions League qualification.

Former Manchester United legend Ferdinand felt that the Red Devils struggled from the off against the Cherries as he delivered his verdict on the Red Devils’ performance immediately after the final whistle.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ferdinand said: “Today they were [a hard watch] but they’ve not been in the last three or four games.

“It’s a difficult place to come, we knew that coming into the game. But you’ve got to come to these places and perform.

“They’ve done well away from home recently and they were looking to take that confidence and momentum into this game, but it never materialised.

“They never got going and there wasn’t any constant flow to the way that they played today, and the front three looked quite isolated.

“We spoke before the game about the cohesion and fluidity amongst the front three. Today was very much the opposite of that.”

Manchester United will return to Europa League action on Thursday night with a home clash against Partizan Belgrade in front of their home fans.

They will then switch their attentions towards their home clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday 10 November, before the final international break of the year.

Solskjaer will be aiming for his Manchester United side to reverse their stuttering form in the Premier League as they look to challenge for Champions League qualification this season.

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