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Ferdinand urges Man United to appoint Solskjaer as permanent manager

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand urged the club board to get on with it and name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager.

14 wins in Solskjaer’s 19 games in charge have enabled United to return into the top-four race in the Premier League, as well as reaching the Champions League quarter-finals following an unbelievable comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain.

English media have since stated that Solskjaer is expected to get the full-time job as manager during the current international break.

But doubts have been creeping slightly over at Old Trafford upon Solskjaer suffering his first back-to-back defeats in the United dugout at the hands of top-four rivals Arsenal in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

However, Ferdinand remains convinced Solskjaer is the right man for United on a long-term basis.

“These two defeats were a setback, but it changes nothing for me,” Ferdinand told the Irish Independent.

“He has done more than enough to deserve a chance to have the job and I believe the club have only one decision to make when they appoint their next manager.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Ferdinand played alongside Solskjaer at Old Trafford between 2002 to 2007 and won two Premier League crowns in that time before the Norwegian hung up his boots.

The Red Devils will return to action at home to Watford in a Premier League match on March 30.

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United celebrates victory during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at Parc des Princes on March 06, 2019 in Paris, . (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)