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Ferdinand: Man United aren’t naive enough to sack Solskjaer

Rio Ferdinand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
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Rio Ferdinand reckons Manchester United will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to turn things around as they’re not foolish enough to believe in overnight miracles.

United are a far cry from the team that achieved some much success during Ferdinand and Solskjaer’s own playing days. Currently, they sit 12th in the Premier League and just two points above the drop zone after eight matches.

It’s unsurprisingly led to doubts over Solskjaer’s own future at Old Trafford. Although the Norwegian remains calm on his situation and determined to improve things over in Manchester.

And Ferdinand, likewise, doesn’t believe a change at United is imminent.

“There’s no way the club would have thought this would be rosy straight away, they’re not naive enough to think that it was going to be a situation where he just changes it overnight,” he told talkSPORT.

“This is definitely something where there is going to be early pain, there is going to be a situation where the results are not going to go our way, especially with the new recruitment that they’ve started to go with younger players.

“That’s why I don’t see there being a change straight away, I’d be very surprised if I wake up, open a paper or an app and see that he has gone so quickly.”

Nevertheless, Daniel James has suitably impressed Ferdinand following his strong start to his United career.

The former Swansea City winger, who cost €17m in the summer, is tied with Marcus Rashford as the top Red Devils scorer on three goals.

“They’ve got some good young ones, I don’t think they expected what they have got from Daniel James so early, he’s been very good and probably their most influential so far,” continued Ferdinand.

“What does that say about the squad? When you’re buying someone from Swansea who was probably brought as someone who could flourish at a later date, who has now been forced into the forefront as the main man in the team at the moment.

“That says where United are at this minute and I think time is something that is needed. It’s not afforded to too many people in the game at the moment.

“Ole probably needs another window to get more people in, shuffle the pack and get more out, then you can really start to judge him on that.”

United legend Bryan Robson also agrees with Ferdinand’s assessment on Solskjaer’s future, and urged the club to give the coach time.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Daniel James of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)