Rio Ferdinand advises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave Manchester United

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Former England defender, Rio Ferdinand has advised the manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bow out from the club.

The former Manchester United defender said it would be an honorable thing if the Norwegian tactician “pass on the baton” to another coach who could progress with the team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been the head coach of Manchester United since 2018 is currently the most pressured coach in the Premier League due to the number of inconsistent results he has been recording.

Pundits believe that the Norwegian tactician has one of the best squads in the Premier League but yet, the team struggles to win games.

So far this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed to record 5 wins, two draws, and four defeats in 11 league games. United’s poor run of games has forced them down to the 6th spot on the league table with 17 points, 9 points away from first-placed Chelsea.

The addition of world-class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Jadon Sancho has not changed much at the club.

In addition to the fact that Manchester United are not currently contending with league leaders, Solskjaer is yet to win a major title for United since he became their coach over three years ago.

Hence, just like Rio Ferdinand, many supporters of the club want the club’s board to sack the Norwegian tactician. Despite the series of agitation against the coach, the club’s board has insisted that there are no plans to sack him.

Speaking on his Vibe with Five YouTube show, Rio Ferdinand highlighted reasons why Solskjaer should leave the club. The Manchester United icon who played for Manchester United for 12 years before he joined Queens Park Rangers in 2014, said the current setup of Manchester United lacks an identity.

Rio Ferdinand and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
File photo of Rio Ferdinand and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The football legend stressed that he is not sure whether Solskjaer could lead the Red Devils to qualify for a Champions League spot. Hence, he should give room for another coach who could do so.

Rio Ferdinand said: “I look at our team every week and wonder what we are going to do, tactically.

“I don’t see any philosophy or an identity in the united way of playing, whatever that should be from the management. I sit here confused looking at the team.

“When you look at it like that with the summer transfer window we had, we were all sitting here excited, thinking ‘this is where we’re meant to be’.

“I go back to the point. Ole was brought in with the remit to get us back to a point, a moment where you think he’s brought some foundation back. At the beginning of this season we were thinking ‘yes, that’s it’…

“I was always deep down a bit skeptical. Could he take us on to be champions? I wasn’t sure, I wasn’t fully convinced, but hoped he would be able to do that.

“But the showing with the squad he accumulated to the beginning of this season and what I’ve seen this season, I just feel that maybe it might be the time now for the baton to be handed over to someone else who can take us on.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has been spotted with a bag boarding a plane to Norway. He intends to spend a part of the international break in his home country.

Solskjaer spotted with a bag leaveng Manchester to Norway for November international break.
Solskjaer spotted with a bag leaveng Manchester to Norway for November international break.

When he returns to Manchester, he is expected to start preparing his team ahead of the Premier League game against Watford which is scheduled to kick off at 16:00 on November 20.

Afterward, his team will travel to Spain to take on Villarreal in a Champions League group stage game on November 23. Manchester United will end the month at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League game against Chelsea on November 28.