“I don’t feel sorry for the players, I feel sorry for Ten Hag,” Rio Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast after Man United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford.
“’He’s probably sitting there thinking ‘I’ve been sold a dummy here. I didn’t know I was coming into this’. Confidence, I know, was going to be low.
“He knew that but he thought ‘I’ll be able to rebuild that,’ but obviously the players are not at the standard required. Simple as that.
“Some of the players will sit there and go ‘that’s out of order, you can’t talk,’ – it’s a fact! The results tell you that. This isn’t a result over a month or two, this is a result over a long sustained amount of time.
“You’ve had ample time to kind of lose form and build it back up again and come back and show us your true selves. It ain’t happening.”
Ten Hag reportedly tore into the players after the loss and canceled their day off on Sunday, making them do extra training after that horror show.
He’ll hope to get a few more signings in the next week and train these players to put in better performance and at least try to get a result against Liverpool next week.