Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have claimed they would be fighting in the dressing room under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson if they had played in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.
Louis van Gaal‘s side are on the brink of exiting the European competition after an abysmal display at Anfield.
Ferdinand and Scholes, who won a number of trophies at Man United in years gone by, insisted a similar showing under Ferguson would have been completely unacceptable.
And when asked how they would have responded in the dressing room after a similar performance under Ferguson, Scholes said: “They’d be fighting. You’d be in there for an hour, you wouldn’t get out.”
Ferdinand then added: “I’d have had Scholesey in a headlock by now.”
Ferguson made every player he managed aware of how big a fixture Liverpool is and he would not accept anything less than 100% against the old enemy.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, employed a calculated, emotionless approach to the game at Anfield. All fans want to see is a bit of passion against Liverpool; none of that was on show on Thursday. Ferguson’s legacy, built over a 26-year period, has been decimated in the space of three years since his departure.