Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was critical of his former club as they were held to another goalless draw by West Ham United at Old Trafford.
The Reds were poor against the Hammers and struggled to break down their stubborn defence. Man United looked short of ideas in the final third as they dominated possession but couldn’t find a way past Adrian in the West Ham goal. There was constant pressure with no real end product and United had to settle for their fifth goalless draw in nine games.
Ferdinand was disappointed to see none of the midfielders or forwards attacking the near post, especially in the second half.
The quality of crossing from United’s wingers and full-backs was not the best, as many failed to beat the first defender at the near post but the bigger problem for Ferdinand was no one looking to get beyond the first man and make things happen in and around the box.
How many crosses have come in the box (near post)today and not 1 player has run across the front post?? Unreal.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 5, 2015
The likes of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata would have been expected to make more of the work done on the wings. United have become renowned for their desire to get the ball wide before sending the ball in to the box and with Marouane Fellaini starting in the No.10 role, this would have been an ideal game plan.
However, the crossing was certainly below par but it was frustrating for fans to see none of the central players trying to make something out of the poor passing. United had six corners against the Hammers, none of which caused any real problems for the defence.
The lack of quality and desire from the Reds saw the fans losing patience with the team, as they were left disappointed following another draw and the team falling off the pace set by Leicester City at the top of the table.