'No, no, no': Rio Ferdinand says Chelsea have just done something Manchester United haven't since Sir Alex left

Rio Ferdinand said his beloved Manchester United would never have managed the Romelu Lukaku situation as Chelsea did.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the former Red Devil lambasted United for failing to emulate Chelsea’s handling of Lukaku with any of their recent rebels.

Lukaku accepts his actions

Blues fans will never forget the revealing interview the Belgium international took on with Sky Italia, yet the whole scenario has now been pushed to the back of the queue.

The Stamford Bridge chain of command swiftly went about dousing the flames, by forcing the number nine to publicly apologise to the fan base.

Thomas Tuchel delt his own punishment, by dropping the centre-forward for the Liverpool match, arguably the most important game of the season so far.

After facing the one-game ban, Lukaku instantly came back into the side to face Tottenham Hotspur and was met by a relatively warm reception from the Stamford Bridge crowd.

United totally untied

Following a whirlwind of commotion around the club, all appears calm – or at least calmer – again.

The same sentence cannot be said for Manchester United, who have been hit by claims that 17 members of Ralf Rangnick’s squad are unhappy with the new regime.

This comes with the backdrop of players like Paul Pogba constantly threatening to leave.

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Sir Alex Ferguson would never have allowed such reported mutiny in the camp to gain speed, but Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer around to call the shots.  

Ferdinand fires the shots

Old Trafford is in a bit of a mess right now and Ferdinand urged the chain of command to copy Chelsea’s off-the-pitch policies to provide some stability.

He said: “Lukaku comes out and does an interview, whether you think it’s the right interview or not, or whether you think it’s right or wrong.

“That club and Thomas Tuchel from the front of that when they saw that, dealt with it quick. Nipped it in the bud.

“They said no, no, no, we are not having that. And by the way, you’re going to do an interview and apologise.

“It’s not being scared to do that with your £100m striker. Not any man who’s come through the youth system, that’s your £100m investment.

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“That’s not happened at Man United at any point that I’m talking about.”

“There’s been no time since Fergie left where you’ve thought, Man United have absolutely dealt with that situation. They haven’t allowed any disrespect.”

Difference between blue and red

United’s inability to contain the rumbles from within accurately represents the disparities between themselves and Chelsea.

Whilst the Blues are current European champions and challengers for the Premier League, the Reds are fighting to keep sight of the top six.

Fergie must be chewing his gum more furiously than ever before…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.