Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has claimed the club’s players do not fear Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian manager has been under heavy fire after the Red Devils suffered a 5-0 smashing from bitter English rival Liverpool at Old Trafford in recent weeks.

While the club has upset the fanbase by refusing to sack Solskjaer, the Norwegian boss has been short of affection and support from the public.

“I sit here now and I don’t think we [United] can challenge for this league. I look at our team every week wondering what are we going to do tactically?” the 43-year-old said on his Five with Vibe podcast, per the Daily Mail.

The former England number five concluded to directly call for the removal of his former teammates as the club’s manager.

“I don’t see any philosophy or identity in the Man United way of playing whatever that should be from the management. I sit here looking confused at the team.

“I was always deep down a bit sceptical, could he [Solskjaer] take us on to be champions? I wasn’t fully convinced – I wasn’t sure he could do that.

“I just feel it might be about the time now for the baton to be handed over to somebody else who can take us on now.

“But when I watch our team and sit there and feel the players aren’t in fear – 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 and almost like ‘I don’t fear (him)’.


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