One of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most famous supporters no longer believes the Norwegian can lead the club to the top.
Former Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand (43) has joined the ranks of football experts who now believe Solskjaer (48) has gone as far in his job as United manager.
says Ferdinand, who also works as a TV expert for BT Sport podkasten vibe with five He deeply doubts Solskjaer’s ability to lift the club into a winning candidate in the Champions League.
– He did what he had to do. He came and gave hope to the fans again. This made the fans want to come back and watch the team play again. He did, and he did an excellent job in the field, says Ferdinand.
The long standing profile was among Solskjaer’s biggest supporters and supporters when he broke into the Norwegian earlier in this period as United manager.
– Your team confused
But after recent defeats at home to rivals Liverpool (0-5) and Manchester City (0-2), Ferdinand is wondering if Manchester United can be as good as he wants with former team-mate Solskjaer at the helm.
– Does that lead us to the nickname? Will he make sure the team can compete to win the Champions League? The football club will continue to live and breathe here longer than any individual. What is best for this football club? asks the 43-year-old.
Ferdinand thinks he doesn’t know what United will do tactically, and he doesn’t see the philosophy Solskjaer is trying to follow.
I see a team looking confused, he points out, rethinking the optimism that followed United’s strong transfer window this summer.
I was a little skeptical in my heart, and not entirely convinced that he could lead us to become champions. I wasn’t sure, but I hoped so. With what they showed with the team they got pre-season, and what I’ve seen this season, I feel that maybe now is the time to take the baton to someone else, continues Rio Ferdinand.
The 43-year-old believes a change in the coaching front could take United another step towards the top of Europe, but believes Solskjaer can now leave Old Trafford with his head held high.
Manchester United have not won any titles during Solskjaer’s tenure from December 2018 until now.
The last time the club won the cup was in May 2017. Then they won the Europa League final against Ajax with current Roma coach Jose Mourinho as coach.
We started this season with great hope. That was the most important word. But also with the transition we’ve had, and the excitement it creates. We sat there thinking, “You know what? Now it’s our turn,” says Ferdinand in the podcast.
– I have to be honest to say that Ole came here to take us there. To the place where the mistakes made by the previous guys were corrected, bring the team together, and the players made us fight to win the league. Now I sit down, and I don’t think we know the league now, he continues.
Manchester United are in the starting position in the English Premier League with 17 points after 11 games. Nine points separate Chelsea at the top of the table, and between them and United four other clubs.
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