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Rio Ferdinand hails Manchester United's defensive performance in their 2-1 win over Manchester City

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Rio Ferdinand hails Manchester United's defensive performance in their 2-1 win over Manchester City

Rio Ferdinand praised Manchester United’s defensive performance in their 2-1 win over Man City… as he says it was ‘one of the most controlled performances without the ball’ he has seen from the Red Devils

Rio Ferdinand praised Manchester United’s defense against Manchester City, insisting there is now something different about Erik ten Hag’s side.

United secured a memorable victory over City on Saturday as they came back from a goal down to win 2-1.

The result extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games and cemented their place in the top four.

Rio Ferdinand praised Man United's defensive performance in their win over Man City last week

Rio Ferdinand praised Man United’s defensive performance in their win over Man City last week

He also said it was one of United's most controlled displays without the ball he had ever seen

He also said it was one of United’s most controlled displays without the ball he had ever seen

And Ferdinand was full of praise for the comeback and the way United dealt with City’s talented attackers.

‘What I would say is I’ve seen us capitulate in that position before,’ he said on his Five Youtube show.

‘I was about to walk out of the studio to the bathroom thinking it might be two or three (gone) when I got back.

‘I felt even though City had 70 odd percent possession throughout the 90 minutes, I felt it was one of the most controlled performances (I’ve seen) without the ball from United.’

United have now conceded just two goals in seven games in all competitions since the World Cup.

Ferdinand insisted that Ten Hag and his coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for this and praised the work they are doing on the training pitch, pointing to a new found stability at the club.

He added: ‘The fact that it was a shot on target says there is a controlled element to the way United play without the ball.

‘And that’s a huge testament to coaching. You have to be well-coached to do that and that’s the big difference I see with this United team.’

The Red Devils face Crystal Palace on Wednesday, before a big top of the table clash against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.