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Rio Ferdinand FUMES at two Man United players for not doing their job vs Chelsea



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Following Manchester United’s disastrous capitulation against Chelsea, former United defender Rio Ferdinand has blamed two players for failing to stop Chelsea’s winner.

Ferdinand, who captained the Red Devils during their 2008 Champions League final victory against Chelsea, is well aware of the leadership it takes to see out important games against the club.

This ability is something he stated United lacked against the London outfit on Thursday night, with Ferdinand pointing to Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire as two players who failed to do their jobs.

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Both Fernandes and Maguire have experience in leadership roles at the club, with the pair both serving as club captains under Erik ten Hag’s tenure at the club.

Despite this, Ferdinand believes neither adequately took control of the United defence, allowing Cole Palmer to score his winning goal in Chelsea’s 4-3 victory over the Red Devils.

Having conceded an equalising penalty by Palmer in the 90+10th minute, Palmer’s winning goal would come from a corner just moments later.

United’s inability to get out to Palmer who was on the edge of the box allowed Chelsea to take all three points, which is something Ferdinand believes either Maguire or Fernandes should have stopped from happening.

“It happens to all players, [to] the best players,” Ferdinand told TNT Sports. “But, then you need someone in your team that has a clear head, that points and shouts and drags people about to get out to him [Palmer for the corner.]

“You know what you do in that situation? You look, at a corner [or] a set piece, at that moment in the last stage of the game [for] who’s their best at heading the ball? Get him.

“Harry Maguire’s in there you’ve got Bruno [Fernandes], they’re leaders, they’re big characters, big experienced players. You need to find someone to do that.

“He [Palmer], can’t be getting in that space at that stage of the game after scoring two and, for most parts of the game, being the most dominant Chelsea player on the pitch. You’ve got to identify that.”

Manchester United’s late defeat against Chelsea leaves them in sixth place, with little hope of securing Champions League football for next season.

Worse still, United now have a negative goal difference with thirty league games played and are only five points clear of Chelsea, who find themselves in tenth place.