Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand blasted the club after their humiliating 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Wednesday.

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Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez scored one to give the visitors their first victory at Old Trafford since 1962 Solksjare’s men slumped to their second loss in the space of three days, while their chances of winning the Champions League next season were also slimmer.

United’s performance left Ferdinard furious as he declared that the side did not reflect the money that had been spent on it.

Ferdinand said that the club itself lacks any real sense of direction and any long-term vision.

“You said £600 million has been spent on the squad out there…on what? I don’t see it. I don’t see that money,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“What has been brought? There’s nothing there that suggests to me that this is laying down the foundations for the future.

“I’m sitting up here and if I’m honest, I’m embarrassed. It’s embarrassing to be here. Not just about the team’s performance but I don’t see what’s coming next, I don’t see a pathway, I don’t see a target being set on the wall and saying we’re going to get to there. I just don’t see it.

“Put today’s result to one side. I’m talking about recruitment and the actual building of the squad, the foundations that are being put in place for this squad now to go on and challenge at some point, not immediately, be realistic in a couple years maybe, build that squad, but money has been spent willy nilly the last seven years – what’s to show for it here?

“I don’t see what’s there. You can’t defend this.

“There’s young kids in schools around the country, they’re not going to be wearing Man Utd shirts, they’re not going to want to come here and support Man Utd based on what you’re seeing out there. It’s just not going to happen.

“Fans are walking out after 84 minutes, it’s an embarrassment. People at the top need to look and see this and actually make changes, put a plan in place where people can actually see where we’re going now, I don’t see it.

“I am a football fan. I love this club and want it to do well. Since that point [beating PSG last year] it has been a rocky road. It is not just one area. It all needs to be brought together and it needs someone to come in with a vision to do that.

“You look at some of the players that have come in – were these players ever Manchester United players, really? Who is buying these players? The manager who wanted them for now or the club?

“£600 million has been spent on this squad and the best players this season have been home grown talent. That speaks volumes about the recruitment. It tells you how shoddy it has been.

“Look at Liverpool, they buy the best players to fit in their system. It is not a short term fix. Total opposite end of the scale here,” he added.