The Manchester United manager says he is "disappointed" after the defender is the only player not to support the anti-racism campaign in the pre-match warm-up at Old TraffordManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised defender Rio Ferdinand after the defender did not wear a 'Kick It Out' t-shirt during his side's pre-match warm-up ahead of their game against Stoke at Old Trafford.
Ahead of the match the United boss had questioned Jason Roberts after the Reading striker said he would not wear the t-shirt in protest at what he feels is the lack of progress in the fight against racism.
Speaking about Roberts, Sir Alex said: "I think everyone should be united. I don't know what point he is trying to make."
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“I’m very disappointed because I said in the press conference yesterday that the players would be wearing it. That we did support the PFA and their request and every player in the country should have adhered to that," Sir Alex told reporters.
“We’re all wearing the badges and he goes and lets us down. But we’ll deal with it, don’t worry."
The Scot also went on to praise his team after they secured a 4-2 victory despite going behind to a Wayne Rooney own goal. The England international went on to score twice at the right end for the Red Devils with Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie also on the scoresheet.
“I thought the movement from the forwards was excellent today. The forward are digging us out of holes at times but hopefully we’ll get it sorted," he added.
“We can’t legislate for an own goal but the second goal was a really slack goal to lose.
“The more games Wayne gets the better he’s going to become. I was pleased that he’s got his two that gets him off the mark and that Danny Welbeck also got off the mark. I think that’s something like 12 different goalscorers this season.
“Robin ended up wide left and put a great cross in and Wayne got a fantastic header and that sort of movement does bother teams.
"There’s no doubt our attacking play has been the strongest part. They’re starting to gel quite well. We’re letting goals in at home yet away from home we’ve been OK. It’s disappointing that.
“The fourth goal killed the game well. We should have had more goals. We recovered well from losing a goal early and I was pleased with that."