Ferdinand Explains Why Solskjaer Is Good Enough To Be A “Top Manager At A Top Club”

BT Sport's Rio Ferdinand.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made such an impact at Manchester United that should the club not appoint him on a full-time basis next season, much of Old Trafford may riot.

Defeat has affected the Norwegian’s side just once, against PSG in the Champions League, while in the Premier League they still remain unbeaten under the tutelage of the former striker, with draws against Burnley and Liverpool.

Most of the signs point to Solskjaer acquiring the all-important role, although only time and a Champions League qualification may properly ensure that.

However, it is not just his on-field brilliance that has brought him this success. Former Red Devil Rio Ferdinand pinpoints another attribute of Solskjaer that may indicate that he’s the perfect fit for the permanent gig.


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Speaking to Goal, Ferdinand opined: “With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, we can all sit here and say he is the baby faced assassin, but that is just the guise he uses. Behind that, there is a coldness to him. He won’t shirk responsibility, he won’t shirk a one-on-one to tell someone you are not for me.”

The Englishman then lays out one incident, in particular, to illustrate his point: “Look at [Marouane] Fellaini. He had been at the club for a number of years, and he has gone in the first window he had an opportunity to get him out.


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“That was Ole’s decision, you are not for me. He is not afraid to make those decisions and the top managers at the top clubs all do that.”

If hired on a full-time basis, it seems unlikely that Solskjaer will continue with the club’s recent policy of spending big on aging stars. It seems evident that surplus talent will be cleared and focus will instead be placed on the youngsters in the roster.

Is Rio right in his thinking, or as Jose Mourinho recently opined, is Solskjaer’s impact merely a short-term hurrah?