Rio Ferdinand identifies reason behind Man United’s upturn in form and gives his thoughts on Scott McTominay’s potential as captain

2 Nov

Rio Ferdinand believes that time given to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and new signings bedding in has been the reason behind Manchester United’s upturn in form.

United had struggled in the early part of the season with defeats to Crystal Palace, West Ham and Newcastle in the league.

But the Red Devils have won their last three games in all competitions and also held Premier League leaders Liverpool to a draw – the only time Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped points this season.

Rio Ferdinand does not think Manchester United are out of the woods just yet
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When asked what the reason behind the change in form was ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, former United defender Ferdinand told talkSPORT: “Time and change of personnel. Ole has made it clear he is going in a certain direction with certain players.

“Whether it was character or attributes of a player that didn’t fit the bill, he has been very cold and direct in that he doesn’t want them in the place and he wants new people and new recruitment process has taken place with young British players coming in in the last window.

“These things take time to bed in and knit together and that’s probably been a huge reason for the downturn. New players coming in and some don’t hit the road as quickly as others.

“They’ve had that bedding in period now and you would like to think these guys will start churning out these types of performances on a regular basis.”


 

Despite the change in form, with United back up to seventh in the Premier League and through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, Ferdinand thinks their problems have not been completely solved.

He added: “I don’t think this is Manchester United out of the woods and you are going to see an absolute change in fortunes going forward and you will see this dominant force overnight but this is a period of time where there seems to be some confidence in the team.

“For many a year now at Man United there has been bad habits within the place and I think now this is a chance to cling on to these good habits and going away and being resolute and really going at the task tooth and nail. They’ve done it the last three games and they’ve looked very competent doing that too.

“If they can continue on that path they will be on to a positive future but it’s difficult because you can’t get complacent. You have to make sure you stay away from that part as well as complacency can really destabilise a team.”

Ferdinand also went to praise Scott McTominay for his role in United’s mini revival.

“I think a special mention does have to go to someone like Scott McTominay who has looked really good in the last few games and looks like a really important member of the team not just on the pitch but he seems to have a personality and right profile of character that Ole is looking for,” he said.

Jamie O’Hara told talkSPORT that he sees McTominay as a future Manchester United captain, although Ferdinand was cautious in putting that label on him just yet.

Ferdinand said: “I think it’s too early to say that but I think he’s showing good signs. He’s got a thick skin and the word character is a huge element in a player’s make up that will enable them to become captains.

“He’s got that fire in his belly and he’s a Man United boy through and through and he’s been there since he was five years old.

“He understands what it means to be a Man United player and they are important aspects if you are going to be a Man United captain.”


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