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‘I want to be positive, but I can’t’ – Rio Ferdinand savages Man Utd for ‘embarrassing’ handling of Solskjaer sacking


RIO FERDINAND has slammed former club Manchester United’s ‘embarrassing’ handling of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit.

The Norwegian was finally axed on Sunday, 24 hours after they were hammered 4-1 at Watford, after weeks of pressure.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by Man Utd on Sunday

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by Man Utd on SundayCredit: PA
Rio Ferdinand has blasted his old club over the whole management situation

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Rio Ferdinand has blasted his old club over the whole management situationCredit: Rex

Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are the leading names to replace him, with Michael Carrick already installed as interim manager.

However, United’s legendary ex-defender has slammed the Old Trafford hierarchy for their failure to plan ahead.

Speaking on Vibe with Five, he said: “All of a sudden, the game happens and we lose, and the club make a decision. It’s all reactive. Nothing is prepped. Even the management situation, surely you look at this before? 

“You identify a certain candidate and know. It’s almost like, ‘Oh, this result has happened, we’re going to sack Ole, now we look for someone to come and take charge. We’ll put an interim before the interim, and then we’ll look for a manager.’

“’It’s actually embarrassing. You’re just sitting there trying to protect the club, and you want to be positive, but I can’t.

“Surely there’s a candidate that should have been identified weeks ago because you could see what was coming? 

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“You see the club isn’t performing, you have a two-week international break. It’s the perfect time to start going round and identifying the next candidate.

“You can’t keep changing the conductor if you do nothing with the orchestra.”

Ferdinand added: “Man United have always been a team you associate with being best in class, elite in all aspects of the club – whether it’s the business angle, the commercial angle, also on the pitch. 

“At the moment, it’s everything but that in all of those areas. That is the worrying thing for me. Every area looks like it’s just flagging. 

“Yeah, the commercial area is doing well, but Man United are a global brand so you expect that. In terms of making decisions and being decisive, it’s everything but.”

Mauricio Pochettino has stormed ahead of Brendan Rodgers and Zinedine Zidane in the running to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager.

That’s according to bookmakers Betfair, who’ve slashed Pochettino’s price from 6/1 to 21/10 after a frenetic 24 hours in the betting market.

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