‘Now it’s D-Day’: Rio Ferdinand says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer MUST deliver trophies for Manchester United this season or be sacked after Champions League bid kicks off with defeat at Young Boys
- Manchester United lost their first group stage of the Champions League to Young Boys
- The defeat is also Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first defeat of the new season
- Rio Ferdinand warned Solskjaer he must deliver trophies this season or he will leave
- The ex-United defender claims the Norwegian is missing the winning experience
Rio Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sacked from Manchester United if he fails to deliver trophies this season after the Red Devils lost to Young Boys on Tuesday.
Solskjaer’s side were rightly beaten by the Young Boys in their first Champions League group stage match of the season after being dominated by the Swiss side for most of the 90 minutes.
United took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card in the first half changed the course of the game, with the resilient Young Boys scoring twice after halftime, including a 95-minute winner on a mistake by Jesse Lingard.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will leave Man United if he doesn’t win trophies, says Rio Ferdinand
The Red Devils suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday – a 2-1 loss at Young Boys
The result represented United’s first defeat of the season and after suffering a Champions League group stage exit last season, Ferdinand has stepped up pressure on Red Devils Solskjaer, reiterating that the Norwegian has yet to prove he is a trophy-winning manager . .
“Of all the managers in the fight at the top four, Ole has not yet proven that he can win at this level,” Ferdinand told BT Sport on Tuesday evening. “He’s done what he’s been asked to do so far. Now it’s D Day.
“It’s his squad, shaped by him, a wonderful transfer window just over, with winners, people who can change the culture of this club.
United were tipped to have a good season after Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo joined
“Now he will be well judged. Now you have to convert that into trophies and if he doesn’t, his head will be on the chopping block like any other manager.”
The Red Devils are tipped to enjoy a good season after making high profile signings such as Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho this summer.
Solskjaer’s squad got off to a good start to the season, claiming wins over Leeds, Wolves and Newcastle, meaning they are currently at the top of the Premier League.
Ferdinand claims Solskjaer will have ‘his head on the cutting board if he doesn’t deliver’
United started well in Switzerland, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s outright red card changed the score
United started their evening in Switzerland well as Ronaldo scored his third goal in two games since returning to the club from Juventus last month, but things quickly went awry in Bern.
Wan-Bissaka was sacked for a high tackle on Young Boys’ Christopher Martins and United were second best against their opponents from then on.
Moumi Ngamaleu got ahead of Raphael Varane with just under 25 minutes left to restore equality for the Swiss side, before Jordan Siebatcheu picked up Lingard’s poor backpass to David de Gea to seal the win in the game’s final win.
Jesse Lingard’s (above) bad backpass gave Young Boys a 95-minute winner on Tuesday night
United, which also has Europa League winners and free-scoring Italian Atalanta in their group, left the Champions League group stage last year in a group that included Paris Saint-Germain, Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig.
Commenting on the result at the final whistle, Ferdinand hinted that United were not “in their game” on Tuesday night and lamented the mistakes of his former side in Switzerland.
Ferdinand said earlier on Tuesday: “This is Basaksehir all over again. It’s a big mistake by Jesse.
‘Wherever you go in Europe, you have to be on your guard. It was a bad tackle by Wan-Bissaka and the game turned completely upside down.’