Rio Ferdinand draws Falcao comparison in critique of Ralf Rangnick’s use of Cristiano Ronaldo & Edinson Cavani

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Rio Ferdinand draws Falcao comparison in critique of Ralf Rangnick’s use of Cristiano Ronaldo & Edinson Cavani
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    Cristiano Ronaldo
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  • Edinson Cavani
    Edinson Cavani
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  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Norwegian association football player and manager
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  • Ralf Rangnick
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    German association football manager

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has admitted trying to defend the current team is “killing” him.

The 43-year-old has one of the first leading former players to suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have been removed from his post long before United eventually took the decision to sack him in November.

Speaking on his FIVE podcast, the ex-England international suggested manager Ralf Rangnick was wasting having the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani available in a similar manner to how Louis van Gaal struggled to get the best out of Radamel Falcao a number of years ago.

“It’s all going off. I can’t even sit here properly. Having to sit here and defend this team is killing me,” he said.

“My biggest gripe is that if you’ve got [Edinson] Cavani and Ronaldo in your team — two of probably the best attackers of the ball from wide areas — and you don’t play with any real width or any people that are capable of putting the ball in good areas — then it almost feels like a pointless task.

“You’ve got to play to their strengths. It’s like when we played Falcao years ago. You bring in someone great at attacking balls, but then never cross the ball. How can you expect them to produce the goods?

“Cristiano Ronaldo can do things from other areas, so can Cavani.

“But if two of their big strengths are from when they cross the ball, get the ball in the box.

“Play with a bit more width, maybe. If he plays this 4-2-2-2, it’s about full-backs providing the width then.”

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