Manchester United’s dream run has suddenly come to a halt after their back-to-back defeats. The first defeat came at the hands of Arsenal in the Premier League. The second one came against Wolverhampton in the FA Cup.
However ex-Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand believes these defeats will not cost Solskjaer’s job. Old Trafford’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rejuvenated the team’s season.
He was appointed until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho was sacked in December. Solskjaer breathed life into a disastrous Premier League campaign. Along with that he led the club to the last eight of the Champions League.
Solskjaer’s performances were extremely impressive until these twin defeats put a dampener on it. However Ferdinand believes it won’t hurt Solskjaer’s chances of becoming the full-time manager. In an interview to Independent.ie, Rio said:
These two defeats were a setback, but it changes nothing for me. He has done more than enough to deserve a chance to have the job. I believe the club have only one decision to make when they appoint their next manager.
Ferdinand added, “When he came in the door, if someone said to the United owners that they would be knocking on the door of the top four in the Premier League and in the Champions League quarter-finals, they would have jumped at that.
“He won all those games at the beginning and it is inevitable that his team will slip up at some point. Look at where they were when the previous manager left and compare it to the mood around the club now.
“You have to give a lot of the credit for that revival to Solskjaer and that’s why I believe he has to get the job.”
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The 46-year-old manager has won 14 out of the 19 games he has been in charge of until now. After Sir Alex Ferguson retired, three managers in the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho came and failed.
Ferdinand believes the former Old Trafford striker has galvanised all the players. This was more evident with the way United came back stunningly against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.
“We have tried different managers, tried different philosophies and finally we have gone back to what worked in the past and what will work in the future,” added Ferdinand.
“I just hope the club’s owners realise that the way they have run the club and the managerial changes they have made at a rapid rate is not how United works.
“You need people in charge of the team that understand this club and that is what we have got now.
“I didn’t think United had a chance against PSG when the draw was made. And they had an even slimmer chance after losing the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford. But they got through and they did it after producing a top-class performance in Paris.
“That display alone shows why Solskjaer has earned the right to have a chance to be the club’s next permanent manager and I’m sure he will get that opportunity.”