Rio Ferdinand 'embarrassed' at Manchester United slump

The defender admits he takes the club’s form personally and believes he and his team-mates have not been good enough under David Moyes this season

Rio Ferdinand admits he has been “embarrassed” at Manchester United’s form this season.

David Moyes’ men have endured a dismal campaign and currently sit 18 points behind league leaders Chelsea in seventh place. With little hope of finishing in the top four, United have just a Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich to look forward to as they look to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition by lifting the trophy.

Despite their continued participation in the tournament, Ferdinand admits he has struggled to show his face in public in recent months, while describing their form as a “personal insult.”

“It’s embarrassing,” he added when quizzed about United’s recent displays by BT Sport. “I don’t want to go out when the game is finished and you even stop watching TV. I don’t want to take my kids to school. I don’t want to fill my car up with petrol or go to the shops.

“I don’t want to walk on the school path and think I’m hearing things or seeing people look at me because we lost a game.

“It gets personal with everyone looking at you and talking about the results and the form and stuff. You don’t want to live like that. You want to live freely and comfortably.”

Ferdinand also admits he and his team-mates have simply not earned the right to win the games under Moyes.

“You don’t want to see other people lifting titles,” he added. “That’s what we’re used to. That’s what we want. That’s what we train for and work for.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got no divine right. You’ve got to earn that right – and this season, we simply haven’t done that.”

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