​Rio Ferdinand has called ​Manchester United‘s performance against ​Burnley an ’embarrassment’ and ripped into his former club’s recruitment policy and the lack of direction by Ed Woodward.

Goals either side of half-time from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez saw the Clarets secure a 2-0 victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Wednesday evening. The result now leaves United six points adrift of fourth-placed ​Chelsea and 30 points behind leaders ​Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 at Anfield three days earlier.

With Marcus Rashford ruled out, it was expected that Anthony Martial would stand up in his absence, but the French forward missed two superb chances in the first half which Ferdinand says would have been tucked away by some of his former United team-mates.

Speaking to ​BT Sport after the game, Ferdinand said, “You said £600million spent on squad. On what? I don’t see it out there. I don’t see that money, the recruitment, what has been bought? There’s nothing there that suggests to me that this is gonna be something that’s laying down the foundations for the future.

“I’m sitting up here, if I’m honest I’m embarrassed. It’s embarrassing to be here, not just about the team performing, but I don’t see what’s coming next. Fans are walking out after 84 minutes, it’s an embarrassment. People at the top need to look and see this and actually make changes. Put a plan in place that people can actually sit there and go, ‘I can see where we’re going now.’ I don’t see it.”

Solskjaer’s points tally is mid-table form and with just 14 matches left in the season, it’s difficult to imagine a respectable finish on the ​Premier League table.

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