Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed goalkeeper David de Gea’s role in Bournemouth’s opening goal at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Cherries took a shock lead in the opening stages of the game after Junior Stanislas fired beyond the Spaniard after nutmegging United defender Harry Maguire in the buildup.

From a tight angle, the winger managed to squeeze the ball beyond the goalkeeper at his near post as the relegation strugglers got their noses in front at Old Trafford.

And Ferdinand, who was a key figure in United’s defence during their glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson, said that De Gea should have done better to keep the ball out of his net.

‘It got off to a terrible start,’ he said on BT Sport. ‘Mistakes all round. Indecisions in the box on the first cross, Harry Maguire does well with the block then he gets nutmegged by Stanislas.

‘But I think David De Gea has got to do better on the near post. Stanislas shows no fear at all. Beautiful, cheeky nutmeg. But that area there he’s got three players to pick from which isn’t great (for United) but if David De Gea covers that near post he’s got nothing else to think of but he doesn’t do that.’

Ferdinand, who had the luxury of playing with Edwin van der Sar for the majority of his spell in Manchester before linking up with De Gea towards the end of his time there, said he would not tolerate a goal being conceded in that fashion.

‘That was one of my pet hates as a player if my goalkeeper gave it away at the near post I’d give him an earful,’ he added.

De Gea conceded a second in the opening few minutes of the second half when Eric Bailly was deemed to have handled the ball in his own penalty area.

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