Rio Ferdinand has taken aim at Louis van Gaal for selling three Manchester United players while in charge of the club.
During his time at Old Trafford, many players left under the Dutchman’s watch – and for relative pennies.
Danny Welbeck was one of the first to leave in an £18m deal with Arsenal, with Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Buttner and Wilfried Zaha all leaving for a combined fee of £15m.
Others to depart under Van Gaal’s watch include Rafael and Javier Hernandez.
And Ferdinand has blasted the managerial legend, insisting he made mistakes in the transfer window over three of them.
“I thought we got rid of good people in Hernandez, Welbeck and Rafael,” Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.
“They were good United people with character.
“They wanted to play for Manchester United and knew what it meant. They wanted to win and they were part of that previous era that knew how to win.
“They could have carried that on and given it to other people. It was their turn and their chance to pass it on.
“But I thought Manchester United wasn’t set up in the way that they probably are today. They wouldn’t allow that to happen today.”
It comes just days after Welbeck scored in a match with the Red Devils for Brighton – his third against his former club since his departure.
“Welbeck epitomised everything about Man United, he was hard-working and he understood what it meant to be a United player,” Ferdinand added.
“He had quality, he could come in from being on the bench and score. He knew what it meant to be a squad player as well. When he was there to start, he produced the goods.
“I used to judge players by how hard they were to train again and he was hard to play against.
“People would always say he was a nightmare to play against because he doesn’t stop moving, he receives the ball well, he can run behind, he’s quick, he’s got everything.”