Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United are boring since Sir Alex Ferguson retired

You associate Man United with pace and power, explosive fantasy in the final third, but thats not the way it is now, he said at a BT Sport event.

The former Red Devils defender did not hold back in his criticism of Louis van Gaals current side and believes they are a long way off matching the excitement and style that had made the club one of the best teams in European football in the past:

Both clubs will be hoping to avoid defeat and the psychological blow that would follow as they are likely to battle it out for a top four finish come the end of the season.

. Youre not going to see what you saw for the last 25 years.

United have made a steady start to the new campaign and have also qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League after a comfortable 7-1 aggregate playoff round victory over Belgian outfit Club Brugge last month.

However, defeat just before the international break at the hands of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium means Uniteds next fixture against fierce rivals Liverpool on Saturday afternoon has taken on added importance, despite the game coming so early in the campaign.

It will be a completely different type of football, not football I enjoy watching as much and probably most Man United fans are like that. Man United fans [are] having to re-educate themselves on how you go in there and what youre going to see. Its methodical and really slow going side to side whereas before it was bang, go, Ferdinand added.

Manchester United legendRio Ferdinand has delivered aharsh assessment on his former cluband says they have struggledsince the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, Mail Sport reports.

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Everything. In terms of players, the personnel are completely different and the way they play