Rio Ferdinand has decried the decision of Manchester United coach Erik Ten Hag to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for the entire duration of the team’s heavy loss to Man City.
United was heavily beaten 6-3 by Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium as hat-tricks from Erling Haaland, and Phil Foden sealed a 6-3 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.
However, in an interview with FIVE YouTube channel, the former England international remarked that midfielder Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo are being disdained at Manchester United.
“Casemiro’s another one, he’s sitting there going, ‘I’ve won five Champions Leagues with this team’,’ Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel after United’s defeat to City.
“He is a fantastic defensive midfielder, one of, if not the best, in the world before he came to Man United.
“The geeze [Casemiro] hasn’t been given a chance, he hasn’t been given a fair crack of the whip. He’s come in and played in a Europa League game against some dead team.
“He ain’t been given a start in the team when he’s fit and ready…
“I wonder the impact it’s having on someone like him.
“I think we will [see Ronaldo and Casemiro play], but I think it’s the context of what games they’re playing in – they could be playing midweek Europa game. That won’t sit well with them.
“They’d be sitting there going, ‘wow, I’m like the Rumbelows Cup player right now, the Carabao Cup player.’