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Rio Ferdinand claims Manchester United has set ‘the benchmark’ for future performance

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has called up his old side to achieve the level of performance they consistently showed against Liverpool after the Red Devils’ 2-1 win last night.

United took their first win of the Premier League season thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford and, despite Mo Salah’s late consolation, secured their first points of the Erik ten Hag era at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand, speaking of his Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE The YouTube channel claimed United has set the benchmark for future appearances, while insisting that the side must ensure that victory is not a one-off as it has been in the past.

Rio Ferdinand praised Manchester United after their impressive 2-1 win over Liverpool

The result saw United take their first points of the season and give Liverpool the lead

The result saw United take their first points of the season and give Liverpool the lead

“Before the game I said I was afraid of today, of what could happen,” said Ferdinand.

“But Man United have gone out and showed us today that this is the benchmark for them now. They showed us there’s an achievement there, they showed us there’s desire, there’s a work ethic, they can run, they can have the energy and pace, they can hit teams in the break, be aggressive and compete. All these things were in the performance today that was missing last week and many times before.

“We’ve seen it now and you’d like to think this is a sign of things to come. In recent years we’ve seen some weird performances, but hopefully there’s something different.’

United showed good attacking play, playing coherently and with pace as they threatened Liverpool’s backline on a difficult night for the visitors.

ten Hag dropped captain Harry Maguire and forward Cristiano Ronaldo before the match, and Ferdinand claimed it was a decision that clearly paid off.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) was left on the bench before the game by United manager Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) was left on the bench before the game by United manager Erik ten Hag

Harry Maguire (left) was also dropped and was an unused replacement, while Ronaldo stepped in

Harry Maguire (left) was also dropped and was an unused replacement, while Ronaldo stepped in

ten Hag took his first three points as United manager after three games in the lead

ten Hag took his first three points as United manager after three games in the lead

“The big story before the game was that Ronaldo and Harry Magurie didn’t play,” said Ferdinand, who played 453 games for United.

“As a manager, Erik ten Hag would have been thinking before the game: “Please, the players I bring in, but more importantly the team, please justify with a performance why I didn’t choose those players”, and I think he does that today. has got.

“I think after the first 45 minutes, regardless of the score, he will continue with this team again, because I think he would have seen enough in the first 45 minutes to go, ‘You know what, that’s a bit mine “‘.

Marcus Rashford scored his first Premier League goal since February, putting United 2-0

Marcus Rashford scored his first Premier League goal since February, putting United 2-0

Marcus Rashford scored the second goal of the game to give United a 2-0 lead – his first Premier League goal since January – with a neat finish over Allison on a neat through ball from Anthony Martial.

Rashford struggled for form and recently lost his place in the England squad, but Ferdinand praised the attacker, as well as some of his team-mates.

“Rashford looked like something we were used to years ago,” Ferdinand said. “With the energy, the ability to get behind, the desire, chasing things.

Lisandro Martinez, who joined the club from Ajax this summer, put in a strong performance

Lisandro Martinez, who joined the club from Ajax this summer, put in a strong performance

Former United player Ferdinand insisted United should make sure the performance is not a one-off

Former United player Ferdinand insisted United should make sure the performance is not a one-off

‘The way they’ [United] pressed was a pleasant factor, but also the way they keep their shape. The two central halves were excellent I thought [Raphael] Varane in the first half was brilliant, and throughout the game.

‘[Lisandro] Martinez was out for people, took on people, was annoying… there’s a bit of Gabriel Heinze in him, probably not that rushed maybe, but I really like his looks.

“I still think he will be isolated and targeted, but if he can perform to the standard today what a great asset he could be.”

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