Ferdinand doubts Rangnick’s United impact

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes almost every player at the club is ‘a shadow of their former self’ as he questioned Ralf Rangnick’s management.

Speaking on the Vibe with Five podcast, he said: “The manager talked in his first press conference about improving players and I’m still yet to see. Has he had enough time on the training ground will be his argument I’m sure. But these players need improvement because they’re not doing it.

“Almost every player, to a man, is a shadow of their former self. I don’t see anyone going best the levels they were at before as yet.

“Great managers improve people. We’ve seen what Thomas Tuchel’s done at Chelsea in that short space of time. We saw players elevate and become better players, consistently for a sustained period of time.

“Rudiger, before Tuchel came in, wasn’t even getting stripped. They were trying to sell him, his confidence couldn’t be any lower. He’s rejuvenated. Alonso has come while Chilwell has been injured. Rejuvenated. Playing well. Reece James went another level.

“He created an environment where the players felt comfortable. You do need the results but you’ve got to start getting it from somewhere.”

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