Manchester United fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Sunday evening.
The result moved Manchester United out of the top-four and down to 5th.
The Red Devils do have two games in hand on now 4th place Tottenham, but their recent showings suggest they are still in danger of missing out on Champions League football.
Following their League Cup triumph over Newcastle, Manchester United were hammered 7-0 by Liverpool in the league, drew 0-0 with 20th place Southampton and then lost to Newcastle, as mentioned above.
Now, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has spoken out on United’s poor form since their League Cup win:
“It seems like they’ve won the Carabao Cup and downed tools. They think they’ve done enough, that’s what it feels like. They’ve got to get out of this rut. The performance on Sunday. Seize the moment! It’s the moment, it’s top four. Take the opportunity. Understand what is there. What are the requirements for you?” said the former defender on his YouTube channel FIVE.
“Luke Shaw mentioned they had a meeting after the game,” he added. “They need to be strangling each other, there needs to be some pushing and shoving, up in people’s faces. So people understand this is the serious business end of the season.
“If David de Gea doesn’t play we’re bang in trouble, it’s probably five or six. I thought mentally they’d got beyond this. I thought we’d eradicated the feeling of the Brentford game (earlier in the season). I hope it won’t rear its head again.”
Manchester United are next in action vs Brentford in the PL on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford.