Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to resign, straight-up saying that he will never win the Premier League with the club. With his star-studded squad continuing to underperform, Solskjaer is under increasing pressure to resign as Manchester United manager.
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Passing the baton
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has bluntly questioned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as the club’s manager. He claims it’s time for him to pass the baton. Many sports news sites like the Straits Times have also covered this.
Following the home loss to Manchester City and last month’s 5-0 hammering by Liverpool, Solskjaer is under a lot of pressure. Ferdinand suggested on his YouTube show Vibe with Five that it might be time for the Norwegian to depart Old Trafford.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on all the latest news in Singapore sports, you’d know that United has only four points from its previous six league games. This puts them in sixth position, merely nine points behind the lead of Chelsea.
He could still keep the job
Many, including previously loyal fans, believe Solskjaer has taken United as far as he can after United’s 2-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s team. Despite their primary opponents’ thrashings and a run of play in which they have only picked up four points in their previous six Premier League games, Old Trafford has shown no signs of changing their ways.
Given that clubs are notorious for dismissing managers during international vacations, it would be audacious to assume that Solskjaer was safe. Since their weekend games, Norwich City, Aston Villa, and Middlesbrough have all done so.
According to the recent AsiaOne article related to this topic, while many United players are away on international duty, Solskjaer has returned to Norway to spend time with his family.
While there has been no sign that a managerial change is on the cards at Old Trafford, Ferdinand admits that he is perplexed by Solskjaer’s side. The 43-year-old, who led United to six league crowns in 12 years, argues that his team wonders what they will do tactically every week.
Every news in Singapore suggests that Ferdinand is not seeing the philosophy in United’s style of play in any way no matter how hard he tries. For him, the team has baffled him. When you take the time to consider it that way, they were all ecstatic, believing they were exactly where they needed to be during the summer transfer season.
Ferdinand also stated that he had doubts about Solskjaer’s potential to return United to the Premier League’s top spot.
Will the baton be handed over?
As seen by their last two home Premier League matchups, the team is well ahead of rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. And Ferdinand, a former teammate, believes it is time for the Norwegian to step down so that another manager can take over and win titles.
Ferdinand is definitely one of many former United players who have backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his tenure as the club’s manager.
Across every imaginable SG news we’ve witnessed, he famously exclaimed ‘Ole is at the wheel’ live on BT Sport after United’s 3-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain in 2019. He had a significant impact on Solskjaer being given the job on a permanent basis.
However, Ferdinand has become the second United icon to call time on the manager’s tenure, following Roy Keane’s comments.