Ferdinand says it is time for Solskjaer to leave Man Utd

Rio Ferdinand has demanded that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer give over the “baton” after a spate of poor results has put the club way behind the pack in the Premier League.

After a 5-0 home thrashing by Liverpool and a one-sided 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday, the Norwegian manager is under a lot of pressure.

Many former United players have shown their support for Ferdinand, who led the club to a second-place finish in the league last season.

After the high-profile additions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane, the ex-England defender stated fans were full of hope at the start of the season before results plummeted.

“I don’t think we can challenge for the league right now,” Ferdinand stated on his Vibe with Five podcasts.

“Every week, I look at our team and wonder what we’re going to do tactically. Whatever the management’s philosophy or identity should be, I don’t see it in the Man United method of playing. I’m sitting here, perplexed, staring at the team.”

United has made steady progress under Solskjaer’s leadership for over three years, but Ferdinand believes it is time for a change.

“I was always a little skeptical,” the 43-year-old admitted. “Would he be able to lead us to victory?” “I wasn’t sure, and I wasn’t completely convinced, but I thought he could accomplish it.” But, based on his performance with the group since the beginning of the season –- and what I’ve witnessed this season –– I believe it’s about time for the torch to be passed to someone else who can lead us forward now.

And I think Ole would depart with his head held high now because I think it’s all great from when he came into where he took us to the start of the season.”

United forward Marcus Rashford admitted the team is going through a “rough patch,” but he believes the team will get through it.

“I know we’re going through a tough time right now, but the passion and ambition never change,” Rashford added.

“We’re all playing for the badge and the club, which is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a youngster.”

The players we sign recognize Manchester United as the magnificent club that it is, and they want to give their all for the red and white.

“And those things don’t change whether you’re in a good or bad phase.”