Rio Ferdinand: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision making proves he's ready to be Man Utd boss


It's becoming increasingly likely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be offered the Manchester United job on a permanent basis. 

He's been installed as interim manager until the end of this season and after taking over from Jose Mourinho in December, has completely transformed the team. 

Under the Portuguese boss, United looked lacklustre and weak. But thanks to Solskjaer, they've returned to the exciting attacking football that the club is famous for.

Since the Norwegian has been in the dugout at Old Trafford, The Red Devils have won 13 out of 16 games and lost just once to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. 

Solskjaer is certainly justifying his permanent appointment with the results he's getting on the pitch.

But according to club legend Rio Ferdinand, it's what he's done off of it that's proven he's cut out for the full-time job.

The defender turned pundit claims that one decision, in particular, has shown that Solskjaer is not afraid to make the tough decisions that all managers at top clubs face.

"With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, we can all sit here and say he is the baby faced assassin, but that is just the guise he uses," Ferdinand told Goal.   

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"Behind that, there is a coldness to him. He won't shirk responsibility, he won't shirk a one-on-one to tell someone you are not for me.

"Look at [Marouane] Fellaini. He had been at the club for a number of years, and he has gone in the first window he had an opportunity to get him out. That was Ole's decision, you are not for me.

"He is not afraid to make those decisions and the top managers at the top clubs all do that."


Fellaini had been an important player under Mourinho, but it's fair to say that he wasn't quite suited to the style of play that Man United have returned to. 

Ferdinand believes that by selling the Belgian midfielder at the first opportunity, Solskjaer has shown the kind of ruthlessness he needs to succeed in the long-term at Old Trafford. 

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