Ferdinand blasts Solskjaer ‘disrespect’ and drops Pochettino to Man Utd scoop

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has blasted the “disrespect” shown to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while dropping his own scoop on Mauricio Pochettino’s chance of taking over at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian took pressure off his position with a 3-1 win over Everton, having suffered losses to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

It saw Tottenham’s former manager become the front-runner to replace the former forward if he failed to beat the Toffees.

But Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles and a Champions League at Old Trafford, says the Argentine has never been in the debate.

Speaking on his Instagram story, the former defender said: “It’s a bit disrespectful on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, if I’m honest.

“People are touting that Pochettino has been spoken to and stuff.

“I’ve got it under a really, really, really good source that there have been no conversations or anything like that going on.”

Despite tasting victory at Goodison Park, Solskjaer was left fuming at full-time with the fixture schedule.

The league fixture came just three days after their surprise defeat in Istanbul, which the Norwegian described as a “joke”.

But Ferdinand suggested it was tactic, telling BT Sport : “This happens at top clubs. We’ve all been away in, say, Ukraine and then play away in Newcastle in a lunchtime kick-off.

"That’s part and parcel of it. I understand his frustration because we used to moan – you want the league to be a little bit lenient and say, ‘We’ll give you a little bit extra time’.

“But it wasn’t the case and you’ve got to get on with it.

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  • “His frustrations lies in players getting injured, but also, he’s controlled the narrative during that interview.

    “He’s talked about what he wanted to talk about and that’s something a lot of the top managers in the past have done.

    “It takes away from maybe the other things that were going on before the game, but the result is the be all and end all and he got the result he needed.”

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