Rio Ferdinand has bemoaned the underwhelming performances of Manchester United duo Antony and Sancho.
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He believes the wingers lack the ability to take on fullbacks one on one and advises them to learn from Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who scored two goals in their 3-2 victory over Liverpool.
He has scored four goals in his last three games. His solitary goal against Leeds extended Arsenal’s lead at the top of the league to 27 points.
But strangely, the England’s Male Player Of The Year lost out to Barcelona’s Gavi for the Ballon d’Or Trophee Kopa award.
On Vibe, Ferdinand said of United’s wingers’ lack of ruthlessness:
“We don’t seem to have the imagination in those areas. We used to give it to Nani, Giggsy, to Becks even, give it to Antonio Valencia or Cristiano when he’s wide.”
“Get him in a one on one situation, either with a good ball from Scholes or Carrick etc, get them one vs one and do your thing.”
“At the moment we get in those positions and unfortunately for us, our wide players are turning away from that, they’re not killing full-backs, they’re not skinning them.”
“The best teams wait for that moment in a game, you might only get two or three of those moments where they stand the full-back up, Saka does it at the moment as well as anyone in the league, and say right I’m going to ghost you. At the moment our wide players aren’t doing that.”
“Parts of their game are working functionally, other than the City game, they’re getting into a good shape, defensively they are doing well but it’s when we have the ball and want them to do that little bit of cherry on the top stuff. We aren’t getting that now.”