Rio Ferdinand supports Erik ten Hag to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United after his success at the ‘massive’ club Ajax … as he insists that his old team needs someone who can ‘command an entire locker room full with egos’ in the midst of unrest among stars
- Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is under enormous pressure
- Erik ten Hag is listed as one of the potential candidates to replace him
- Rio Ferdinand believes he could fit in well with United following his success at Ajax
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Erik ten Hag would fit in well at the club following his success at Ajax.
Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is under enormous pressure after their latest bad form – including humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Ajax boss has been brought up as a potential replacement for Solskjær, although he has not been hailed as strongly as Zinedine Zidane or Brendan Rodgers.
Erik ten Hag is one of the rumored names that potentially replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Rio Ferdinand has previously said that Solskjær (right) should ‘hand over the baton’ as United boss
However, Ferdinand believes that the Dutchman’s success at Ajax indicates that he could fit in well at Old Trafford.
The former English defender told his FIVE Youtube channel: ‘For any manager joining a new club, it’s almost like you have to show people why you’re there right away.
‘I use Antonio Conte as a good reference point for that. Every time he joins a new club, there are no bargaining opportunities, and he tells them, “that’s what’s happening, that’s what I am – if you’re not with me, you can go.”
‘I think it’s the type of attitude and the type of mentality that separates the good leaders from the top managers.
Ten Hag has won two Dutch titles and guided them to the semi-finals of the Champions League
‘You have to be able to go in there and command an entire locker room filled with egos, big personalities, big characters. That is the task for everyone who comes in.
Now I do not know Ten Hag personally, but he does a fantastic job at Ajax.
‘Let’s keep in mind that Ajax is not a small club. They are a huge club – the biggest club in the Netherlands.
‘Yes, it’s different and the landscape is different, but it’s still a huge club he has to work with and the level of expectation there is to win every day.
‘It’s something that will be there every day and would be there if he were to come to Manchester United.
‘Anyone who comes in, they need to be able to deal with people. It’s an amazing leader’s art. ‘
United stars including Cristiano Ronaldo are unhappy with how things are going at the club
Ferdinand’s comments come after he previously said on his YouTube channel that his former teammate should ‘hand over the baton’ at Old Trafford.
As previously reported, some of United’s biggest stars are frustrated with the club’s alarming start to the season after they were strongly expected to challenge for the best honors.
Bruno Fernandes is among the senior players who feel that they do not get enough direction from Solskjær and his coaching staff.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was one of the club’s big signatures this summer, is worried about how standards have fallen since he left United 12 years ago.
The Portuguese superstar has saved United on several occasions this season since his return, but there have also been frustrating moments.
Bruno Fernandes is a player who feels that they do not get enough direction from Solskjær
There is also sympathy for how Donny van de Beek has been treated by Solskjær at United
Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel at the end of United’s 1-1 match against Everton – a match in which Ronaldo started on the bench.
Players at the club are also sympathetic to the way Donny van de Beek has been treated by Solskjær since arriving at Old Trafford early last season.
The former Ajax star has yet to start a Premier League match this season, making just four starts in the last promotion.
So far, there has been no appetite among the United hierarchy to fire Solskjær after joining the Old Trafford legend and his task of restoring the club’s true values after succeeding Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.
However, Solskjær’s bosses may be forced to take action if they decide that the former Norwegian is no longer able to stop the slip.
Ten Hag has been the manager of Ajax since December 2017 and has guided them to two Eredivisie championships.
He also led Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2018-19 season, where they were beaten by the final second-placed Tottenham.