Luke Shaw was the unlikely hero for Jose Mourinho as Manchester United salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 Premier League draw against Everton.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late penalty to rescue United's 20-match un- beaten run.
Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Everton saw United drop further off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification, despite Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all being back and available following injury and suspension lay-offs.
And Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport after the game, was quick to point towards where Mourinho's men were going wrong.
It prevented Everton from leapfrogging United into fifth place in the table, with Manchester City four points better off in fourth before they visit leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.
"When the confidence levels are not high the quality of the performance is not easy to improve so we had to go through a short cut", Mourinho said, as quoted by Press Association.
"We need to keep focus, we can not afford these mistakes, especially now in the end [of the season] because it's very important points especially when the table is like it is".
But despite making a positive impact on the game after replacing Ashley Young on 65 minutes, Shaw was still given a dressing-down by Mourinho in the United manager's post-match news conference.
Late Ibrahimovic penalty earns draw for Man Utd against Everton
To make things worse, one of their star players has suggested that he will leave the club if they don't start to match his winning ambitions.
You should have realised that Shaw was operating on the touchline closest to Jose Mourinho, who was essentially working as the left-back's brain throughout the second half when he came on as a substitute.
"He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him". I think it probably wasn't so good but I thought the lads showed character to keep trying things.
The 35-year-old's future at Old Trafford had been uncertain, particularly during the opening weeks of the season when he struggled to break into Mourinho's team, not starting a Premier League game until November.
With its first win in more than two months, Burnley can start to think about planning for another season in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, Leicester City's resurgence under Craig Shakespeare continued as they beat bottom club Sunderland 2-0 to record a sixth successive win since the dismissal of manager Claudio Ranieri.
"We were terrific in our defending".
Footage was published by a British newspaper website this week, showing Moyes telling a female reporter that she might "get a "slap, even though you're a woman" following an interview with the BBC after a game". 'A really hard decision, only video assistant replay could help this'. It was not a team that was favourite to win.