Rio Ferdinand has revealed the moment he and Paul Scholes looked at each other in shock at a Jose Mourinho decision in Manchester United’s FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea.
The Red Devils legends were providing analysis on the match for BT Sports, and agreed that Manchester United played well for the most part, despite losing 1-0 to the Blues.
However, it was Mourinho who caught their eye with a strange decision in the second half of the contest, when he decided to take off both Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.
The duo had been relatively quiet in the first half, but had started to impact the game after the break – more than the club’s best-paid player Alexis Sanchez – and looked like Manchester United’s best chance of finding an equaliser.
But Mourinho sacrificed the youngsters, and according to Scholes and Ferdinand, paid the ultimate price for making this poor decision.
Speaking on BT Sports, Scholes said: "The only thing that was lacking was that bit of quality in the final third, Sanchez, how many times he gave the ball away was scary really, and he’s a top class player, he’s not really done it for United yet.
"Jose’s substitutes, he brought Rashford and Lingard off just as they were starting to influence the game I thought.
"I thought Jesse was just getting in those spaces, between the midfield and the back four. Rashford then had a great chance, made a great run, and all of a sudden they were taken off.
"Sometimes those two local lads are the easy target, how Sanchez stayed on the pitch with them two creating problems as they were I have no idea.
Ferdinand added: "I agree, we looked at each other and thought ‘wow’, that’s a big call there because Sanchez wasn’t playing well, wasn’t influencing the game in any way shape or form.
"But listen the manager is paid to make big decision, today in terms of substitutes, I don’t think he made the correct ones.
"But I wouldn’t say Man United were poor today, they just didn’t have that cutting edge.
"They had most of the possession but they just didn’t open up this Chelsea team, who actually, you have to give them credit. They defended magnificently today."
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