Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has questioned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in big games.
The former United defender believes the Norwegian’s insistence of playing two holding players in midfield shows he does not trust his defence and is ‘scared’ to leave them without sufficient protection.
So far, the Red devils are the league top scorers, but have conceded 32 goals in the Premier League this season – the third highest tally in the top half of the table which highlights our defensive issues.
“If I had one question to ask Ole that would be it. Why do you keep playing two holding midfielders? Why do you keep playing two defensive midfielders in this team?” the ex-United and England defender told the FIVE YouTube channel.
“We’re playing with one less player in an attacking position all the time. Other teams have more players attacking against us because of the amount of players they can release to go forward because of the confidence they’ve got in their defenders.
“I’d love the answer to that question. That would be one of my big questions for him, 100 per cent. Because you can’t spend 80 and 50 odd million for the right-back and for the centre-back, 35 plus for the other centre-back and 30 odd for the other left-back and still be having issues at the back.
“There’s a problem, it’s not right. You can’t be spending that type of money and still be saying, ‘I’m going to protect them’, it doesn’t make sense.
“The best teams in the world don’t get protected like that. Bayern Munich’s team last season, they ain’t getting protected by anybody. You’ve got one holder in there and the others just go off and fly off the handle and play.
“Manchester City, it’s the same thing. Maybe their protection is that they have more numbers in the middle of the pitch from the right-back and the left-back going in there, but they still have big spaces out wide and are left one-vs-one to defend at the back.
“United can’t do that it seems. We can’t leave our players one-vs-one on the halfway line. Scared!”