Ex Man United And England Captain Says He Doesn't Recognise The Club Any More

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Rio Ferdinand is a name that is synonymous with Manchester United. For years under Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were the centre back pairing of choice as they dominated domestic honours, and won the Champions League. But Rio says that he no longer recognises the club under Louis Van Gaal - there are only 9 players still at the club from when he played there (he left at the same time as Ferguson in 2013.)

Ferdinand said, "I was talking to Nemanja Vidic on the phone and we were both saying that the change is unreal in terms of the personnel and the transfer policy." He even noted that the groundsman and chef had changed, saying just how widespread the changes had been at Old Trafford in the last 2 years.

He also had his say on the style of play Van Gaal operates, "Don’t go there expecting to see free-flowing, attacking, gung-ho football. If you’re losing 1-0 in the 89th minute, don’t expect that free-flow … get the ball wide, cross it or get the ball into the strikers."

The use of Marouane Fellaini has caused a lot of discussion in recent weeks, with some arguing that the outlay under Van Gaal should see a more pure style of play.