Rio Ferdinand was critical of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Alex Telles, David de Gea and Nemanja Matic after Manchester United lost to Sheffield United.

United fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with goals from Kean Bryan and Oliver Burke securing only a second Premier League victory of the season for the visitors.

Harry Maguire equalised for United after Bryan's first-half opener but Burke's deflected strike inflicted a first defeat on United in 13 Premier League matches and Ferdinand conducted a post-mortem in the BT Sport studio. 

“They didn’t have that zip about them from minute one, really," Ferdinand said. "There wasn’t that thrust from Man United that we’ve seen when they’re cutting up teams. Look, credit to Chris Wilder, he set up his team really well.

"But Man United didn’t ask the questions. Bruno Fernandes, who they’ve relied on so heavily in recent months since he’s been there, didn’t get it going today, Paul Pogba the same, Rashford and Martial were invisible tonight, really, they didn’t get on the end of anything.

"Listen, if anybody was starting to get carried away at Old Trafford because of the position they’re in at the moment, then it’s been a reality check tonight.”

Ferdinand continued, analysing Sheffield United's second goal: “The ball goes into Martial here, who had an off-night himself. Matic gives the ball to him and runs past him. In the end, he’s got three players surrounding him, where does he expect him (Martial) to go, Matic?

"You’ve got to support the play and wait for him to play it back into you. It’s about the reaction and I want you to see in a minute, Martial, where he ends up.

"He ambles back, I want to see him sprinting back, in yesteryear that doesn’t happen. There’s Martial, there’s been two or three passes and he’s still jogging back, I want to see a reaction."

Asked how Wayne Rooney might've reacted in a similar situation, Ferdinand responded: "He’s launching the player or the ball out of the stands already, he’s back there causing a ruckus as soon as he makes that mistake.

"I don’t see the intensity here. I won’t just blame Martial, because it’s not just him, I can pick a couple out here and I will. David de Gea should clear his lines, get it out of the stadium.

"When the ball goes to him (Burke), please, I’m begging you (defenders) - get out, show a reaction and an intensity. Get out and affect the ball, hands behind the back which I hate as well, walking.

"The ball is played to a man who is unmarked in the penalty box, scuffs it, ricochet, but even here, the reaction of the players. Martial, please, sprint to him. Please go out there and affect the man on the ball. Please, Mr. Matic, get out to the ball."

On Alex Telles' lack of urgency to close Burke down for Sheffield United's winner, Ferdinand added: "The ball goes back to a man who is free in your penalty area and you're trying to win this game and you amble... watch the reaction of Telles to win this ball. Stutter, stutter, jog... what are you doing? There's got to be a desire, a switch that says we need to get the ball back and get up the other end of the pitch to try and win it."