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Man Utd: Rio Ferdinand breaks silence over Anfield “massacre”

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The Red Devils suffered their worst-ever defeat in the Premier League against Liverpool.

Rio Ferdinand has insisted Manchester United shouldn’t let the “embarrassing” defeat against Liverpool ruin their season.

Following a wonderful run of results in recent weeks, United went into the Southwest derby as clear favourites. Speaking to BT Sport before the match, Ferdinand said he wasn’t nervous about his former side’s chances of winning the game.

“Nervous? This is the most confident I’ve been going into a Liverpool fixture for the last six or seven years,” Ferdinand said last week. 

“I think Man United are on the up whereas Liverpool have stagnated and taken a couple of steps backwards.”

Ferdinand’s comments backfired, however, when Liverpool humiliated their arch-rivals with a fantastic attacking display. 

A 7-0 defeat at Anfield saw United’s 11-game unbeaten run come to an end. But the Red Devils legend believes his former side must bounce back as soon as possible.

“We’ve been pulverised,” Ferdinand said“That was a massacre, an absolute massacre at Anfield. That’s all you can call it. The players will be feeling embarrassed.

“Ten Hag, man… If I was him, the team would know I would be upset but one of the main points would be do not let this derail your season now. 

“You come back in tomorrow, you get back to work, you look at what went wrong and then you go to Southampton at Old Trafford.

“You make sure that you give the fans something to shout about after the embarrassment here at Anfield. All of you, sit there and let that feeling sink in about how embarrassing and how bad it feels.”