Rio Ferdinand says being at Manchester United is ‘embarrassing’ as he empathises with fans leaving early in Burnley defeat

Rio Ferdinand ripped into Manchester United’s recruitment policy in the wake of their 2-0 home defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night.

The former defender – a legend at the club who won six league titles there – appeared a combination of angry and upset when speaking immediately after the full-time whistle.

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Rio Ferdinand didn’t hide his emotion at the end of the game
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United’s hapless performance allowed Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez to score vital goals, with fans departing early to leave an almost empty stadium at full time.

The home supporters who did remain booed the final whistle.

BT pundit Ferdinand observed the scene and said: “You said £600million spent on squad. On what? I don’t see it out there.

“I don’t see that money, the recruitment, what has been bought? There’s nothing there that suggests to me that this is gonna be something that’s laying down the foundations for the future.

“I’m sitting up here, if I’m honest I’m embarrassed. It’s embarrassing to be here, not just about the team performing, but I don’t see what’s coming next.

“I don’t see a pathway, I don’t see a target being set on a wall and saying we’re gonna get to that and this is how we’re gonna get there. I just don’t see it.

“Put this result to one side, I’m talking the recruitment and the actual building of a squad, the foundations that are being put in place for this squad now to go on and challenge at some point.

“Not immediately, we’re realistic, in a couple of years maybe, build that squad.

“But money’s been spent willy-nilly the past seven years, what’s to show for it here? I don’t see what’s there.

“You can’t defend this. These young kids now in schools around the country are not gonna be wearing Man United shirts.

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“They’re not gonna be wanting to come here and support Man United based on what you’re seeing out there. It’s just not gonna happen.

“Fans are walking out after 84 minutes, it’s an embarrassment. People at the top need to look and see this and actually make changes.

“Put a plan in place that people can actually sit there and go, ‘I can see where we’re going now.’

“I don’t see it.”

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