RIO FERDINAND has slammed Manchester United for failing to listen to Ralf Rangnick’s warning about the state of the club.
The former boss gave a scathing assessment of what was wrong at United shortly before his time as manager came to an end.
GettyRalf Rangnick warned Manchester United needed ‘open heart surgery’ weeks before his departure[/caption]
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But Ferdinand believes United chiefs failed to listen to the German and they are now paying the price after the Red Devils picked up just six points from their opening five Premier League matches.
Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel: “People are looking for a scapegoat, that’s the way the media is right now people look for a scapegoat and go that’s the reason.
“I see people saying [Marcus] Rashford isn’t working hard enough, or Bruno [Fernandes] is the captain.
“Ralf Rangnick’s comments when he left were along the lines of this doesn’t need medicine this needs open heart surgery.
“No one looked at that comment and thought ‘let me dig into that’. It shows you that not one individual is going to solve this problem. We had Cristiano Ronaldo, what he’s done in the game, and he can’t solve it.
“We’ve had a load of managers come in with huge reputations and they haven’t sorted it out. Spent a lot of money and that hasn’t sorted it out.”
United have suffered a difficult start to the season on and off the field with Jadon Sancho banished from first-team training after hitting out at Ten Hag.
Antony is also taking a leave of absence amid allegations of domestic abuse from three women.
There are also signs emerging of squad disharmony following a dressing room bust-up after the 3-1 home defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
Captain Bruno Fernandes confronted Scott McTominay while defensive partners Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez also had a falling out.