Man United hero endorses Erik ten Hag over Zinedine Zidane as the next Red’s manager

Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand believes Ajax boss Erik ten Hag would be the ideal man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford if the Norwegian is given his marching orders.

Solskjaer is clinging to his job amid a dismal run of form from his side.

Man Utd started the season in sensational fashion as they won four of their first five matches.

But they have faltered since mid-September and have picked up just four points from their last six Premier League games. They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham.

Solskjaer has been given plenty of time to turn his side’s fortunes around, but looks devoid of ideas.

And, according to Ferdinand, United now need a strong manager who can take the club by the scruff of its neck.

“For any manager coming in to a new club, it’s almost like you’ve got to show people why you’re there immediately,” the former England defender told his FIVE YouTube channel.

“I use Antonio Conte as a good reference point for that. Whenever he joins a new club, there is no negotiables and he tells them, ‘this is what’s happening, this is what I am – if you’re not with me you can go.’

“I think that’s the type of attitude and the type of mentality that separates the good managers from the top managers.

“You’ve got to be able to go in there and command a whole dressing room full of egos, personality, characters. That’s the job of anyone coming in.

“Now I don’t know Ten Hag personally but he’s doing a fantastic job at Ajax.

“Let’s remember that Ajax isn’t a small club. They’re a massive club – the biggest club in Holland.

“Yes, it’s different and the landscape is different but it’s still a huge club that he’s got to work with and the expectation levels there every day are to win.

“That’s something that will be there every day and would be there if he was to come to Manchester United.

“Anyone who comes in, they’ve got to be able to deal with people. That’s the art of a fantastic manager.

“You’ve obviously got to get it right tactically but motivating people on a daily basis to produce the goods is a huge part of it.”

Solskjaer is the heavy favourite to be the next Premier League manager to face the sack, with Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino also apparently in the frame to replace him.

And the Norwegian will have no room for error when his side travel to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

A defeat at Vicarage Road could leave United 12 points off top-spot and might be the final nail in the coffin for Solskjaer.