Rio Ferdinand says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United exit was 'inevitable'

Rio Ferdinand concedes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United exit was ‘inevitable’ as David Beckham and Patrice Evra join the list of club legends praising the sacked Norwegian manager

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as the Manchester United manager 
  • The decision to sack Solskjaer came after United lost 4-1 to Watford on Saturday
  • Ex-United players and TV pundits have taken to Twitter to discuss the decision
  • David Beckham hailed sacked Solskjaer as ‘the most gracious man in the room’
  • Patrice Evra has thanked him for ‘making us believe in Manchester United again’ 
  • Gary Neville also thanked Solskjaer and said that the Norwegian did him ‘proud’ 
  • Michael Owen says that the next manager ‘must get the best out’ of the squad  

Rio Ferdinand have taken to social media to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United exit was ‘inevitable’.  

The Red Devils released a statement announcing their decision to sack the Norweigan manager on Sunday morning after United suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday. 

Ferdinand shared a lengthy video on Twitter saying he wasn’t surprised by the decision but admitted it was ‘not the way he wanted it to end’ for Solskjaer.  

Rio Ferdinand have taken to social media to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (above) Manchester United exit was ‘inevitable’ 

The Red Devils released a statement announcing their decision to sack Solskjaer on Sunday morning. It read: ‘Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager. Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. 

‘While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success. Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future. 

‘His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.

‘Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.’ 

Ferdinand shared a lengthy video on Twitter saying he wasn’t surprised by the decision but admitted it was ‘not the way he wanted it to end’ for Solskjaer

Former Manchester United players have since taken to social media to share their opinion on the club’s decision to sack their manager. 

Rio Ferdinand spoke candidly in a lengthy video on Twitter. He said: ‘Morning guys. Yeah we’ve woken up to the news the Ole has now left Manchester United. 

‘He is no longer the manager. We discussed this in the studio yesterday with Jake and Coley after the Chelsea Leicester game and this has been inevitable this season. 

‘The way the team have gone backwards since the start of the season after a very very excitable transfer window with some big huge names coming in, it’s not the way we wanted it to end. 

‘It’s not the way we wanted it to go. I said at the beginning, it looked inevitable the last few weeks – especially after Manchester United losing at home to Liverpool in the manor they did. 

‘Also again in the manor they did again Manchester City. I thought maybe then would have been the time but the international break came and we waited. Then you think actually he can get things right and it could change again but what we saw against Watford yesterday was terrible. 

‘So, I’m not surprised this morning. Disappointed obviously in the way the team has performed. Unfortunate for someone like Ole but it’s the way football goes. It the world of football goes. It’s a cut throat industry. 

‘If things aren’t going according to plan, big decisions are made and we saw that this morning. Where they go from here now…we have to wait and see. It’s a waiting game now.’   

Meanwhile, David Beckham Tweeted saying: ‘The most gracious man in the room…’ and Patrice Evra wrote: ‘Thank you for making us believe in Manchester United again. People forget really quickly.’ 

Gary Neville also thanked Solskjaer for his time in charge and told the Norwegian manager that he was ‘proud’ of what he had achieved during his tenure.

Neville said: ‘Thank you Ole. You did us proud . The last two months were tough but before that you restored some soul into the club.’  

Michael Owen also took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the situation. He wrote: ‘The inevitable news has broken this morning. 

‘There were bigger managerial names than him that tried and failed in recent seasons and he leaves the club with the most talented collection of players it’s had in a while. It’s the next managers job to get the best out of them…. ‘  

He said: ‘It has to be the worst possible time for Manchester United to be looking for a new manager. 

‘Early in the season with hardly any top managers available. The only obvious one available is Zidane but the language barrier is surely a huge issue. An interim manager looks likely – again.’ 

While Peter Schmeichel said the following at the Qatar Grand Prix. 

‘It’s really sad, I’m seriously really sad. On Ole’s behalf, on the football club’s behalf. It’s too many managers we’ve had to dismiss in too short a time.

‘We were used to one man being in the hot-seat. I feel for Ole, he did everything he could, but in this modern day it was not enough.’  




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