Rio Ferdinand backs fans’ frustration in damning assessment of club’s transfer inactivity

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has echoed his former side’s fans anger and frustration at the lack of summer transfer activity after slamming the United hierarchy’s ‘frustrating’ approach to squad investment.

Ferdinand, now retired joined United in 2002 from arch-rivals Leeds United in a move which cost the Reds £41.4m, as per TransferMarkt. Ferdinand’s transfer at the time saw him become the world’s most expensive defenders.

The legendary English centre-back enjoyed a remarkable 12-years at Old Trafford in a spell which saw him win 19 major honours including six Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy.

Since Ferdinand’s departure to QPR in 2014 his former side haven’t enjoyed any where near the same levels of success and more recently have found themselves not just being left behind in the league table, but also in the transfer market.

United’s lack of summer activity is causing unprecedented levels of frustration among United fans with anger levels being intensified in the last 48 hours after leading journalist Fabrizio Romano broke the news both Thiago Alcantara and Sergio Reguilon were set to snub a move to United and instead opt to join Liverpool and Spurs respectively.

It goes without saying though, United fans’ underlying frustration has stemmed from the lack of progress being made in the club’s over-the-top and lengthy pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

With Dortmund’s hugely talented winger seemingly no closer to become a Red now than what he was three months ago, fanbase emotions are running exceptionally high.

Legend Ferdinand has echoed United fans’ feelings in a stunning rant on his official Five YouTube Channel, as quoted by TalkSPORT, the ex-defender said: “Frank [Lampard] has made signing players like it’s the norm, like it’s easy – water off a duck’s back.

“The difference in the way Chelsea have done their business compared to say my team Man United… there is no noise, there’s nothing going on, all you’re seeing is bang – deal. Little bit of talk, bang-deal.

“That is what’s frustrating for me and all the Man United fans. Sancho was talked about months ago. Still not done, it’s so frustrating.

“I’m not saying deals are easy to be done but Chelsea are showing deals can be done if you put the money down and it’s all done in the right way.”

United look set to head into their crucial 2020-21 Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday with just the one new summer addition in their ranks after securing midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £39m, as per Sky Sports.

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