Former England defender Rio Ferdinand slammed the performance of reported Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano as the centre-back was tormented by Manchester United and particularly Marcus Rashford last night.
Ferdinand was speaking to BT Sport after his former side’s sensational 5-0 thrashing of Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Marcus Rashford’s fantastic hat-trick plus goals from Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial sealed an emphatic win for the Red Devils against many punters’ dark horses for the Champions League trophy this season.
Some Liverpool fans may have swallowed their pride to watch their rivals in action to see how reported target Upamecano would fare against a Premier League side.
Earlier this week, 90min claimed the RB Leipzig centre-half was on Liverpool’s list of January targets to replace injured talisman Virgil van Dijk.
Upamecano is one of five central defenders said to be on Liverpool’s shortlist. However, his performance against Manchester United failed to impress Ferdinand, who claimed Rashford made the Frenchman and his teammates look like “schoolboys”.
‘Upamecano had a nightmare’
He told BT Sport after the game: “The only way I can explain tonight’s little cameo was it was almost like being in the playground at school and the big boy, the sixth-former, comes and plays with the first years and just bullies everyone.
“Too quick, too strong and takes their dinner money. (Rashford) did the lot tonight. He was head and shoulders above them.
“He made defenders who we were marvelling about before the game, who we saw last season play really well in the Champions League, look like schoolboys.
“This is about being ruthless – but I thought Upamecano had a nightmare.”
Upamecano made zero clearances or interceptions, blocked zero shots and lost possession 13 times (SofaScore).
Conceding five goals is never acceptable for a defender but will one bad performance change Liverpool’s mind?