Rio Ferdinand has described Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday as a case of ‘men against boys’.
It has already been a difficult start to the season for Jose Mourinho’s side, and they were once again punished for some slack defending when Paulo Dybala pounced to put the Italian champions ahead after 17 minutes.
While United did put up a bit of a fight towards the end of the game, there was no way past the experienced defensive duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in the heart of the Juventus defence, who comfortably repelled the few attacks the Premier League side could muster.
Speaking in his role as a pundit, former United defender Rio Ferdinand delivered a damning assessment of the Red Devils performance:
“If you were having to describe this game short and sharp it’s men against boys. There was a huge difference between the sides on quality on the ball they were bossed today,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“Every single Juventus player will come off the pitch and say ‘wow I was under no pressure today.’ The team at home were playing like the away team, Juventus were pressing them rather than the other way around.
“If I went out on a home game and I was told to sit back and retreat I’d be shocked, I’d be thinking ‘really? this is Manchester United.’ If that’s the tactics they’ve been told before they left the dressing room then I’d be shocked.”