Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand has called for the Red Devils to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their dismal run of form.
United were defeated 2-0 by Manchester City on Saturday as they were condemned to their fourth Premier League defeat of the campaign.
Solskjaer’s side looked bereft of ideas against City as their Old Trafford woes continued.
The Citizens took the lead in the seventh minute as Eric Bailly turned the ball into his own net before Bernardo Silva scored a second ahead of half-time. And Man Utd had no response in the second period.
United have now failed to win at home in the Premier League for two months and have been cut five points adrift of the top four.
Solskjaer appears to be staring over the precipice, with the club supposedly considering a number of alternative candidates to take the helm.
A string of former Man Utd players, including Gary Neville, have been reluctant to call for their former team-mate’s head. But Ferdinand has now broken rank by insisting Solskjaer’s time is up.
“The biggest thing for me is I don’t see a philosophy, I don’t see an identity,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel.
“When I go and see my team and they get beat, that’s fine – it happens. But I want to see what they’re about.
“He’s [Solskjaer’s] done what he was brought in to do. He’s given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and watch the team again. He’s done that – he’s done a great job in that sense.
“But is he going to take us to win titles? Is he going to make us win Champions Leagues? The football club will be living here and breathing longer than any individual.
“But it’s what’s best for this football [club]. I just feel that maybe it’s time now for the baton to be handed on to take us on now and I feel Ole would leave now with his head held high.
“With the transfer window we had, we were all saying, ‘this is our time now.’
“I have to be honest, Ole was brought in to get us to that point. He was brought in to fix that.
“He was brought in to get us to a place to challenge for the league and I don’t think we can challenge for the league.
“We can sit here and say, ‘he’s your mate.’ You have to be honest because if it was someone else then I would say it.
“I don’t see an identity for the team. Ole was brought in with a remit to get us to a point with a foundation. I was deep down a bit sceptical whether he could get us to that point.
“He can walk away with his head held high. Ole has been given a decent amount of time – it’s his squad and it’s not working.”