Rio Ferdinand reveals Man Utd players’ agents complain he’s being too tough

Ferdinand has been one of many critics of United in recent weeks (Image: Vibe/Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he has received calls from the misfiring Manchester United stars’ agents who are unhappy with his recent criticism.

United suffered a dismal 4-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday that saw Ralf Rangnick’s side slip out of the top four.

Roy Keane and Gary Neville were among the former United players to slam the current stars after the bland show at the Etihad, while Ferdinand also spoke about their desperate shortcomings this season.

The former England defender slammed the players for their “horrible” body language on Sunday while lashing out at Marcus Rashford after reports said he was considering his future at Old Trafford.

During the same episode of Vibe with Five, Ferdinand revealed that his comments this season have earned him the ire of agents who think he’s been overly critical.

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Rashford’s stance was also questioned by Ferdinand this week (Image: Getty)

“I really, really hope that the next day these players come in and say, ‘I’m embarrassed, my pride and ego took a hit and I’m really embarrassed, I have to get this right. You put me on this training field and give me any task you want to do this right.

“I hope that’s the attitude, I hope that’s what’s in there, I don’t know if it’s like that.

“I bet there’s a lot of blame. I bet you there’s a lot of money, ‘he did this, he’s not this, he’s not that’.

“The amount of calls I get from agents, ‘Oh can’t you say that, why are you criticizing so-and-so?’ do me a favor.

United were slammed by their neighbors on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

“If I was vengeful and personal and personally saying bad things about these people, I would understand, I would take the call and apologize.”

But Ferdinand insisted he would not apologize for “statement of facts” as he firmly believes United’s current crop should hold themselves accountable.

“But I don’t apologize for stating facts. I make no apologies for looking tactically at how people play and highlighting situations where you think you could do better there.

‘She [the player] should say, “You know what, I know that, I understand, I know, you don’t have to tell me, I’ll do better”. It’s not, ‘oh you dig me up in public’.

“You should be your biggest critic, you shouldn’t think about what I say, that’s my job, I get paid for it. Go to the training ground and work, don’t worry about me, I’ll sit here and talk, my career is over.

“When I emphasize the positive, nobody calls, nobody says ‘Thank you for doing us a favour’. You don’t understand, so don’t call me if I’m speaking negatively about your player, I’m speaking from a tactical point of view.

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