Rio Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can match the success of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, if the Manchester United boss is given time at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer is currently preparing for his first pre-season at the club, as he attempts to revive the club’s fortunes following a disappointing season which saw Manchester United miss out on qualification for the Champions League.
Former United defender Ferdinand believes the 46-year-old will prove to be a success, but has warned the club’s supporters that it will take time for Solskjaer to implement his methods.
“Man United fans have to be patient,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.
“The strength of Liverpool and Man City, how many points ahead they are and how far ahead they are in terms of what they’re delivering on the pitch, is huge at the moment. To close that gap is going to take some going.
“But I think it’s more than just the first-team, I think the whole philosophy of the club, there needs to be a clear picture and I’m sure Ole is in the process of creating that.
“You think of Liverpool, when [Jurgen] Klopp came in he had time to really implement his ideas, what he believes is the right strategy to go forward from a recruitment point of view but also playing style.
“It was the same for Pep Guardiola.
“If Ole can get that time and can get that right, and get his ideas into the players with clarity, then they’re onto a good thing.
“But I don’t this is an overnight turnaround at all.”
After overseeing an initial resurgence following his appointment in December, United’s form dipped towards the end of the season as they finished sixth in the Premier League.
Despite their torrid run at the season’s end, Ferdinand is confident that his former teammate is still the right man to lead the club forward.
“Yeah I think he is.
“Obviously I know him from when I played with him, and there was a steely side to him that a lot of people who didn’t play with him wouldn’t know about.
“He’s willing to make big decisions.
“This window is going to be a lot more difficult, there is going to be more scrutiny and eyes on him as he’s got the job full-time, but I do think he’s capable.
“The recruitment has been well talked about and well documented, but it is so important for Manchester United where they’re at now, it’s a huge part they need to get right.”
It was a shortened pod this week, but still a solid listen. 🎧👌
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 14, 2019