Date: 23rd January 2020 at 7:15pm
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BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand may well have invoked the ire of Newcastle United supporters during his defence of Mike Ashley in 2019, so his comments lamenting the state of former club Manchester United following their loss to Burnley last night were always going to be of interest to the Toon Army.

Posting a video of the retired England defender slating what’s happened to his former charges under the current regime, plenty of Magpies replied suggesting he was being hypocritical after previously suggested Newcastle fans should ‘say thank you’ to Ashley for employing Rafa Benitez in the first place.

After all, this is a man who told Newcastle fans ‘they’ve got to aim to be a Bournemouth’ during BT’s coverage of their game against Chelsea in 2019 (via talkSPORT) and then seemed to mock them on Twitter by saying the club was ‘turning a profit, no debt and oh, playing in the PL!’ a day later.

As you can imagine, following his words about his beloved Manchester United, plenty of Toon fans duly reacted.

What did you make of Rio’s outburst? Join the discussion by commenting below…