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‘Rashford looks like a shadow of his former self’

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand has wasted no time laying into the current crop of players, citing their lack of confidence as the main reason behind their form.

On his Vibe with Five show on YouTube, Ferdinand, 43, said: “We haven’t yet seen the Sancho of Dortmund and Rashford looks like a shadow of his former self.

“Cavani isn’t firing really, Wan-Bissaka is shot of confidence, Maguire is lacking confidence at the moment.

“I think that’s a big part of our problem, we don’t control enough of the games, and that’s down to individuals but also the shape of the team.

“I think there’s so much to improve on, there are individuals but also the team shape as at the moment it doesn’t seem to be suiting certain players.

“Certain players aren’t showing what they’re about.

“I’m waiting for the players individually to be built up and that’s one of the big key points.”

Ferdinand also noted the lack of urgency in the team despite the appointment of the new manager, Ralf Rangnick.

He said: “I thought that [Rangnick’s appointment] was going to be a real jolt, and a real jump and a real shift when this new manager came in.

“Yes, he needs time, but again after the first game I haven’t seen a real shift in that confidence and those performances from individuals to elevate us as a team and that’s what we need to see.”