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‘It might be time’… Rio Ferdinand makes admission on Solskjaer’s Manchester United future

Manchester United’s paltry return of four points from the last six games is an ominous sign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.

Pressure is growing on the Norwegian, and former teammate Rio Ferdinand is questioning his role.

Speaking on his Vibe With Five YouTube channel, Ferdinand admitted it may be time for Solskjaer to move on.

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Ferdinand said: “I just think that maybe it might be time for the baton to be handed over. Who can take us on now? And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high.”

Until now Ferdinand has been a big backer of Solskjaer, famously calling for him to be given the manager’s job permanently after United’s 2019 Champions League last 16 victory over PSG.

Solskjaer has since guided United to back to back top four finishes, but now finds the team sitting in sixth position entering the November international break.

United lost the Manchester derby 2-0 at the weekend in a result which seemed more like a 5-0 loss, such was the scale of the visiting side’s dominance.

Solskjaer’s side managed just four touches in the Manchester City penalty box and had only one shot on target.

The state of play with Ole

Sky Sports reported today that United’s board has no imminent plans to dispense with Solskjaer.

But he was also seen boarding a plane to jet back to Norway for a short break with his family, The Mail reported.

While not odd given that it is international week, this could end up being the prelude to announcement the club and manager have parted ways.

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As Ferdinand points out, there is no obvious choice at play to appoint imminently, which could be delaying United’s decision with Solskjaer.

The problem with leaving the situation as it is, that this form could get so much worse, creating an impossible job for the next coach if the team fall even further behind the top pack.

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