Rio Ferdinand is not a popular man in Newcastle.
The BT Sport pundit was very vocal about the Magpies 12 months ago, claiming that the fans should say ‘thank you’ to Mike Ashley. The former Manchester United man even argued that the owner shouldn’t spend big money on players because they might get injured.
Ferdinand’s comments were laughable in January 2019, and they’re even more comical in January 2020.
One year on, Manchester United are in a sticky situation themselves. Despite sitting fifth in the table and spending nearly £150 million on players last summer, the club are in crisis.
Fans, pundits and former players are furious with what’s happening at Old Trafford, berating the recruitment in recent years.
The chaos at Manchester United increased on Wednesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side losing 2-0 at home to Burnley.
The game was live on BT Sport, and Ferdinand was on punditry duty once again.
After the game, the ex-defender was very vocal about the state of his former club. He discussed fans walking out, the sea of empty seats and the downward spiral of a formerly great team.
“People at the top need to look and see this and actually make changes,” he said.
“I don’t see a £600m squad out there! What has been bought?!”
“I’m sitting up here and I’m embarrassed!” 😩
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 22, 2020
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 22, 2020
It’s interesting to hear Rio change his tune as soon as something bad happens to a football club he cares about.
Newcastle fans will have watched on with amusement during Ferdinand’s rant, and a lot have let him know what they think about his hypocritical comments.
Toon fans show Ferdinand no sympathy
Assume Ed Woodward doesn’t let Rio Ferdinand flog little hats in his shops. Amateur.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) January 22, 2020
— Jonny Pegler (@Jonnypeg89) January 23, 2020
Rank hypocrisy. This is the bloke who was telling NUFC supporters that they should be grateful to Mike Ashley for using the club to advertise his tat shops. Obviously nothing at all to do wth the deal Ferdinand has to sell his clobber through shite direct… https://t.co/wh1iebIsca
— Wallace Wilson (@WallaceHWilson) January 23, 2020
Weren’t saying that when your mate Mike Ashley wouldn’t spend…
— ASM 🇫🇷 (was @HatTrickPerez) (@HatTrickASM) January 23, 2020
Ole should buy his own players if he wants them, why should the Glazers fork out, what if they got injured?
— SƬEVEN ⚽️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚽ (@SteveToon09) January 23, 2020
Yet… how Ashley runs NUFC should be applauded by the toon army? #Puzzled
— tom (@Tommy_Da_Tank) January 23, 2020
And yet you can sit there telling Newcastle fans to be grateful and thank mike Ashley for spending money, hypocrite springs to mind
— Conor Swann (@SwannConor) January 23, 2020