Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Bruno Fernandes is the only signing to have improved at the club over the last 10 years, while slamming Red Devils’ recruitment system over the club’s ability to develop players.
According to him, the Premier League giants must ‘get the culture at the football club right’ to be in with a chance of succeeding on the pitch in years to come.
He also said that only one signing Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes in the past decade has actually improved at the club.
As it stands, Manchester United are currently sitting seventh in the table and are unlikely to secure a Champions League spot for next season after their shocking defeat to Everton at the weekend.
Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: ‘I just feel that, when you look at it, Man United – you can talk about training grounds and all that stuff – but please, you’ve got to get the football stuff right.
‘You’ve got to get the culture at the football club right, you’ve got to get the players that you recruit right.
‘And if you look at the players that have been coming to this football club for the last eight or 10 years, if you were going to do a list of all of them on paper, how many of these players have come to this football club and actually grown in value or got better?’.
When asked whether Fernandes was the only player to have developed at Manchester United, Ferdinand said: ‘I would 100 per cent agree with that.
‘I don’t know any others that have come and you actually go, “Oh he’s actually miles better! We’ll get more money for him now!” There’s none.
‘And that goes down to coaching, that goes down to recruitment, and so those areas need to be improved drastically for us to be able to improve.
‘Because you could go in and buy three or four players this window, but if we’re going to continue in the same vein as what was before, those players that you bring in are going to be declining rather than getting better and improving your team – so that needs to be changed.’
Manchester United are looking to hire Erik ten Hag as their full-time manager as they believe he will turn the club around after a series of disappointing results.