Rio Ferdinand compared his former Manchester United teammate and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to legendary ex-boss Sir Alex Ferguson to explain the club’s struggles
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Rio Ferdinand admits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not strike fear into the hearts of his players just as Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger once did.
The Old Trafford legend claims Manchester United manager Solskjaer lacks the ruthless edge to get his message across to the squad.
Known as the ‘baby-faced assassin’ during his playing days, Solskjaer is seldom seen given his stars a dressing-down.
In contrast, rival bosses such as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel are always animated, emotional figures on the touchline and they are not afraid to put their players on blast.
Ferdinand suspects Solskjaer does not have the same respect from his players as the elite Premier League managers or some of the greats who have come before him.
The former England defender believes this has contributed to United’s dismal run of form which leaves the Norwegian facing growing sack claims.
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Rio Ferdinand is concerned about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s leadership “When I watch our team and I sit there, I feel players aren’t in fear,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel .
“The intensity’s not right. Players aren’t sprinting out and hurting themselves sometimes in games. I see that as a disrespect to the manager, almost like a, ‘I don’t fear [Solskjaer]’.
“Every great manager you know that’s been successful or won things in this game, they have an element of fear. Pep now, Klopp now, Tuchel now, Fergie in my time, George Graham at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger.
“There’s an element of, ‘You don’t do what I say, you don’t follow the rules, you don’t follow the fundamentals that make us successful, you are getting back here and sitting behind me or right in front of me on this bench and we will watch’.
“I don’t see that fear in this squad. That can’t be right, that ain’t right.”
Ferdinand harked back to his own playing career to explain the lengths he and his teammates would go to in order to avoid Ferguson’s infamous hairdryer treatment.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacks Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson’s fear factor, claims Rio Ferdinand ( Image:
PA) He added: “I’ve said it before, do you think David Beckham – one of the biggest players, a superstar – [or] Ryan Giggs – biggest collection of medals ever – to his last day under Sir Alex Ferguson could ever jog back with no intensity or not push out and close people down?
“That could never happen because they know come half-time the manager, no matter how experienced you are, will be in your face.
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“You’d have phlegm all over your face he’s that close, because he’d be telling you in no uncertain terms, ‘You’re not doing what I’m telling you to do. I might give you five more minutes, then you’re gonna come off’.
“You’d be sitting there fearful that was going to happen to you. Embarrassment, the pride, the ego.”
Ferdinand’s concerns over Solskjaer’s leadership appear to be justified, as a recent report claims the manager is facing a dressing room revolt including senior stars such as Bruno Fernandes.
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