Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand says he “can’t defend” Man Utd after they “choked” in the Premier League title race.
The Red Devils were top of the table only a few weeks ago but five points from a possible 12 over the last four matches has seen them drop to second, five points behind rivals Man City.
City have a game in hand that would see them extend their lead to eight points if they won it and Ferdinand has ruled Man Utd out of the title race.
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Ferdinand can’t see the Red Devils going on a “winning streak” long enough to challenge City at the top.
“You can’t defend it,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel. “Man United were sitting pretty at the top of the league.
“You see the league table, you look at the results, you get excited. When you put yourself in that position, Man United have to strike. When there’s an opportunity you’ve got to go. The problem is we’ve let this opportunity slip through our hands.
“You can see Man City with their experience, they’ve smelt blood, they’ve put their heads down, they’ve gone. But Man United have stuttered, we’ve got the choke going in and out, haven’t got it quite working properly.
“We have choked, it’s simple as that. I’d put us out of the title challenge unless we go on a run and we change our habits and our lack of consistency.
“But I haven’t seen enough to suggest we can go on a 10, 15-game winning streak. We’re tripping ourselves up all the time.”