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Man Utd facing big decisions on Mourinho & Pogba after hitting new low - Ferdinand

19:10 GMT+4 29/09/2018
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The Red Devils put in a forgettable performance at West Ham amid a backdrop of in-house squabbling and change is considered to be required

Manchester United have some “big decisions” to make when it comes to Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba and an underperforming squad, says Rio Ferdinand.

The Red Devils saw a difficult transfer window over the summer which set the tone for what was to come.

Inconsistency and talk of in-house squabbling continues to hold them back, with a 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday seeing 13-time champions hit a new low in the Premier League era.

More serious questions are now being asked of Mourinho and his working relationship with Pogba and Co, with Ferdinand of the opinion that change may be required in order to put things right.

The former United defender told BT Sport: "There's some big decisions to be made at Manchester United. I'm sure there's going to be conversations at [board] level.

"The manager, the squad, how they're going to take this club forward. The basics aren't being done.

"I believe the powers that be at this football club have a decision to make. Someone has to make a decision right now, either someone goes. Something has got to give."

He added on a disappointing display at the London Stadium which saw United struggle throughout: “As a football player, part of your DNA without question is hard work, effort and today I didn’t see that. I didn’t see people getting up against people, making it difficult for them.

“You come to place like West Ham, you’ve got to put them under pressure, you don’t let them have time on the ball. Chelsea came here last week and had 70 per cent of the possession, one player [Jorginho] got 180 passes. Man Untied might not have had 180 passes between all of the players on the pitch, especially in the opponent’s half.

“I don’t see them having two or three passes in succession. That’s criminal almost.

“You’ve got to work hard. You have that shirt on your back, you’ve got to keep it from anyone else. I don’t see enough players working hard to say to the manager ‘this is my place in the team and I’m going to stay here’.

“Before we talk about what happened in the week, about formations, you’ve got to work hard and they didn’t. That’s the most disappointing thing for me.”

Paul Scholes echoed the thoughts of his former United team-mate, with another Old Trafford legend seeing worrying signs from a club enduring an alarming slump.

“That’s probably as bad as you’ll see from a United team for quite some time,” he said.

“We spoke about attitude before the game, it’s been questioned the last three or four weeks, and I think today it has to be questioned again. I think the hunger, desire for the game, to go and get against people just wasn’t there.

“But on the other hand you have to give West Ham credit, I thought they were excellent. I thought [Mark] Noble and [Declan] Rice in midfield were fantastic. I think the front three, especially [Marko] Arnautovic, you contrast their movement, their pace, their speed [with United], it’s a different story.”