Ferdinand: The fairytale at Manchester United is gone

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that United’s fairytale is over following the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the first leg of the Europa League tie on Thursday night.

The former defender believes that Louis van Gaal’s side lacked fight, urgency and cohesion against their arch rivals at Anfield and feels that the sense of reverence with the Old Trafford club is no longer.

He said on BT Sport: “To see the lack of fight, urgency and cohesion in the team, there is going to have to be a massive improvement in the second leg because that was not good enough.

“There was no excuses. Sometimes you look at the manager but then you have got to look at the players out on the pitch and they have got to put in a performance, you’ve got to see some sort of fight and today we didn’t see that and that is one of the most disappointing things about the game.

“It didn’t seem like we had the fight, cohesion and the patterns of play were non-existent.

“They were better than us in every department. They played like a United team of old intensity-wise. They overran us; they overpowered us from the word go.

“The fairytale has gone.”

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