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Rio Ferdinand spoke out about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's blast at the Premier League following Manchester United's win over Everton on Saturday.
Bruno Fernandes scored twice and then set up Edinson Cavani as United came from a goal behind at Goodison Park to win 3-1 against Carlo Ancelotti's side.
But Red Devils boss Solskjaer was far from happy after the game, slamming the scheduling of the away game three days after his side's trip to Turkey for Wednesday's dreadful Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The manager blamed the gruelling fixture list for an injury to Luke Shaw, after the left-back suffered a hamstring problem and had to be replaced by Axel Tuanzebe midway through the second half.
Solskjaer also had a worry over Marcus Rashford's fitness after the game.
But former United defender Ferdinand said dealing with a congested schedule was an occupational hazard of being at a big club competing in Europe.
And he suggested Solskjaer's rant was in part intended to deflect pressure, following calls for Solskjaer to be replaced after defeats to Basaksehir and Arsenal in the past six days.
“This happens at top clubs," Ferdinand told BT Sport. "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’.
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"But it wasn’t the case and you’ve got to get on with it.
“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.”
Solskjaer felt United's game could have moved to Sunday, given his team had just returned from a trip to Turkey and there is an international break following this weekend's fixtures.
United's next game is at home to West Brom on November 21, and Ferdinand said the win was a much-needed boost going into the break.
“I think what’s good for him now, is that this break has come about on the back of a win," said Ferdinand.
"Two weeks of preparing his team and to gather his thoughts for the next one.
“I think what he’ll be aiming to get out of this, is a level of consistency on the back of this result.
“The boys go away understanding that type of performance , the way they played, very assured, very compact in the way we played defensively.
“We also had some sort of end product and that’s what they’re going to need to be going through the season.
“The big key part of it going forward, is the fact Ole walked into this game, not understanding or knowing what type of performance he was going to get or result.
“He liked that to change for sure.”
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