‘Have a reality check and know your place’: Rio Ferdinand tells Unai Emery to ‘sit back down’ after Manchester United ended Aston Villa’s unbeaten run
- Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United gave Aston Villa a reality check
- United ended Villa’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday
- Ferdinand praised Bruno Fernandes and backed him to become United captain
Rio Ferdinand has told Unai Emery to ‘sit back down’ after Manchester United ended Aston Villa’s 10-game unbeaten run.
Emery has received much praise for the work he has done at Villa, with his side in contention to secure a place in the Europa League.
However, Villa suffered a 1-0 defeat against United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Bruno Fernandes scoring the only goal in the 39th minute.
United legend Ferdinand was delighted with the result.
Speaking on his Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE podcast, Ferdinand said: ‘We stopped their 10-game unbeaten run.
Rio Ferdinand says Unai Emery was given a reality check at Old Trafford on Sunday
Ferdinand was delighted after Manchester United secured a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa
‘Unai Emery was producing miracles, and who steps up to stop him? Bruno. Sit back down, Unai. Have a reality check and know your place.’
Since he signed for United in January 2020, Fernandes has scored 61 goals and provided 53 assists for the club across 178 appearances.
Ferdinand described the impact that Fernandes has made at United as ‘remarkable’.
In addition, he backed Fernandes, who is currently United’s vice-captain, to become the club’s captain once Harry Maguire departs.
Ferdinand said: ‘We deserved to win the game. Did you see Bruno’s numbers? Wow.
Ferdinand praised Bruno Fernandes and expects the midfielder to be United’s next captain
‘The guy… it’s remarkable what he is doing. If he was at Arsenal he’d probably have a statue now at the Emirates with the numbers he has done!
‘Does Bruno take the captaincy next year? 100 per cent, I think he does. Since Bruno signed [for Man Utd] he has been the most impactful player we have had.
‘He’s wearing the armband while Maguire doesn’t play. I think it is natural progression for him to be captain next season.’
United’s win over Villa boosted their chances of securing Champions League qualificaiton. Erik ten Hag’s side are in fourth place and are seven points ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand.
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