Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United should not have allowed Louis van Gaal to let several star players leave the club.
The Dutchman’s side suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday.
Paul Scholes and Ferdinand were both heavily critical of Man United and van Gaal’s transfer policy and named a number of key players that could have helped against Liverpool.
“There’s a list of players I’ve written down here; Di Maria, Nani, Evra, Welbeck, Chicarito, Evans, Fletcher, Rafael, Kagawa, I could go on,” Ferdinand said.
“Are they worse than the players that were out there? They’re better than that team out there, them players. That’s the problem and that’s why where I see here’s been a shift in the past couple of years it’s almost, well it has gone backwards, and that’s the disappointing thing.”
It’s hard to disagree with Ferdinand; while it has been exciting to see the likes of Guillermo Varela and Marcus Rashford given their opportunities in the side, supporters would have expected a higher calibre of player given the outlay in the summer and in previous years.
Van Gaal has taken United backwards and he will no doubt be let go. United’s decision not to let him leave sooner in the campaign has cost them in terms of their top four ambitions this season.