Solskjaer Should Leave Struggling United – Rio Ferdinand

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Solskjaer Should Leave Struggling United - Rio Ferdinand
Solskjaer Should Leave Struggling United - Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should hand over the reins and depart Old Trafford.

After being humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool last month, Solskjaer is under increasing pressure after United were trounced 2-0 by Manchester City in Saturday’s Premier League derby.

United has lost four of their last six games, putting them nine points behind league leaders Chelsea as the international break approaches.

Since becoming permanent United manager in March 2019, Solskjaer has yet to deliver a title, and ex-teammate Ferdinand believes it is time for the Norwegian to go on.

“We started this season with such hope but also the transfer window that we had, the excitement, we were all sitting there going ‘this is our time now,” Ferdinand said on his Five with Vibe podcast.

“Ole was brought in to get us to that point. He was brought in to get the squad intact, get the players in to make us challenge for the league.

“I sit here now and I don’t think we can challenge for this league. I look at our team every week wondering what are we gonna do tactically? 

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

“I was always deep down a bit sceptical, could he take us on to be champions? I wasn’t fully convinced – I wasn’t sure he could do that. 

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

“And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high because, because from when he came into where he got us at the beginning of the season I think it’s been positive.”

United have now gone 14 games without a clean sheet at home in all competitions — they have only had one long run without a clean sheet at home in their whole history, a 21-match skid between April 1958 and March 1959.

United have lost eight home matches in all competitions under Solskjaer in 2021, their highest in a calendar year since 1989 and they have conceded 11 Premier League goals at Old Trafford in six games this season, the most in their opening six home league games.

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