‘I feel sorry for Ten Hag and Ronaldo’ – Man United icon Ferdinand offers support

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says he feels sorry for new boss Erik ten Hag and Cristiano Ronaldo after their chastening start to the Premier League season.

The Red Devils slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday which followed their opening day loss to Brighton, putting the 20-times league champions bottom of the table.

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Ten Hag watched on as his side capitulated at Brentford inside the opening 35 minutes

The defeat ensured Ten Hag became the first Manchester United boss in 100 years to lose his first two games after taking over but Ferdinand leapt to the defence of the Dutchman despite the difficult start.

“I don’t feel sorry for the players, I feel sorry for Ten Hag,” former United defender Ferdinand told FIVEUK.

“He’s come in under false pretences. He’s come in expecting new signings. People are moaning at Cristiano Ronaldo but he’s sitting there thinking, I’m expecting new signings as well.”

Ferdinand continued: “He’s [Ronaldo] probably spoken to Ten Hag who probably told him recruitment are going to get players in. Now he’s [Ten Hag] probably sitting there thinking ‘I’ve been sold a dummy here, I didn’t know I was coming into this’.”

The manner of the defeat will be the most worrying aspect of Saturday’s capitulation.

Brentford brilliantly exploited United’s frailties with three of the four goals coming from defensive errors that ultimately proved too costly for United to overcome.

Ferdinand admitted he felt sorry for Erik ten hag but not for Manchester United’s players

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Ferdinand admitted he felt sorry for Erik ten hag but not for Manchester United’s players


United have now lost seven consecutive Premier League away games stretching back into last season – a startling statistic for one the English football’s big guns. 

Next up, Ten Hag’s side face the daunting task of Liverpool at Old Trafford in a fixture that ended 5-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s men last season.

The Dutchman now has to find a way to prepare his side with confidence seemingly at an all-time low but according to Ferdinand, that would have been something Ten Hag would have prepared himself for before arriving at the club.

Ferdinand said: “Confidence was going to be low, he knew that. He thought I’ll be able to rebuild that, but the players are obviously not at the standard required, simple as that.

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Wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo showed his frustration during the 4-0 loss on Saturday

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Wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo showed his frustration during the 4-0 loss on Saturday

“And some of the players will sit there and go, ‘that’s out of order’ but it’s a fact, the results tell you that.

Meanwhile, the former England defender revealed he has received messages from fans of League one and two clubs mocking him and Manchester United.

Ferdinand has long been the subject of social media memes poking fun of comments that have occasionally come back to bite him.

His most famous one was when he reacted to United’s 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.

It was the moment he fully backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and said: “Listen, Man United might not thank me but get the contract out, put it on the table, Ole’s at the wheel, Man United are back.”

However, it didn’t end well for the Norwegian and now things are looking even worse for the Ferdinand and his beloved United.

Ferdinand revealed he has been sent messages from fans of other clubs mocking Manchester United

Ferdinand revealed he has been sent messages from fans of other clubs mocking Manchester United

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