Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has said that his former club have no reason to deny Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the permanent head coach role. The Norwegian took charge of United on an interim basis after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December and he has since transformed the club’s league fortunes with an unbeaten run.
Speaking to Goal.com, Ferdinand said that the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has no reason to deny the Norwegian with the permanent managerial position, given the club’s exceptional progress over the past few months, he said: “Ole gets a blank canvas now to go into the club, do what he wants to do and move it forward. It doesn’t matter how many players because the turnover has been so great over the last seven or eight years.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has heaped praise on the performance of Paul Pogba following the club’s 2-0 triumph over Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. The France international has been one of the club’s in-form players since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he continued to provide another commanding performance with a goal and an assist against the Blues.
Speaking after the game, Mata was full of admiration for his teammate, who made the key difference during the first period. He added to praise the midfielder’s all-round ability on the playing field and hailed him as one of the best midfielders in the world, he said: “Yes, he assisted the cross for the first goal, scored the second one. Even in the second half, 80, 85 minutes he was still defending, going forwards. He’s very, very complete. He’s got physique, he’s got quality, he’s got a pass, he can go box to box. He’s one of the best. Today he showed why.”
David Moyes is expected to hand Juan Mata his Manchester United debut in this evening’s match against Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Cardiff City.
Mata completed his move from Chelsea at the weekend, and is in line to play as United look to bounce back from their Capital One Cup disappointment last Wednesday.
Manchester United’s winning run was halted yesterday as Tottenham Hotspur won at Old Trafford for the second season in succession.
Emmanuel Adebayor gave the hosts the lead on thirty-four minutes before Cristian Eriksen double their advantage twenty minutes into the second half.