Rio Ferdinand has shared his thoughts on Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag, amid growing rumours the Dutchman could be the next manager at Manchester United, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be axed from the role.
The Red Devils have slipped to sixth on the Premier League table, after a promising start to the campaign.
A run of four losses in six games, has put pressure on the club’s hierarchy to fire Solskjaer, but there appears to be some reluctance about it— which many believe is linked to the 48 year old’s legendary status at the club.
But with United set to face more difficult opponents, including Chelsea and a resurgent Arsenal side in the coming weeks, it definitely isn’t yet Uhuru for Solskjaer.
Erik ten Hag is one of the men likely to be hired to replace Solskjaer if he’s sent packing from the job, and Ferdinand, who recently demanded that the current manager be relieved of his duties, is making a case for the Eredivisie winner.
“For any manager coming in to a new club, it’s almost like you’ve got to show people why you’re there immediately,” he told the 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.”