Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand accused of ‘coercing’ Solskjaer at Man Utd
Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand have been accused of “coercing” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
That comes from former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who now works as a pundit on talkSPORT.
The Red Devils are under serious scrutiny after a 5-0 humbling from rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford with Solskjaer clinging to his job.
There have already been reports that Antonio Conte is being sounded out to replace the Norweigan, who insisted he is going nowhere.
But that decision might be taken out of his hands with United managing director Richard Arnold reportedly speaking to The Glazers over a solution to the crisis.
And Jordan believes Neville and Ferdinand must shoulder some of the blame – for allowing Solskjaer to believe he is capable of managing the Red Devils.
“The bigger thing for me is the culture of the playing squad and there are some pundits that need to roll back a bit.
“They’ve coerced this poor bugger into thinking he can do the job. They have convinced him in some way that he is actually capable of doing this job.
“Gary Neville got himself into a terrible situation yesterday where he was trying to defend the indefensible.
“What you got was a push back from Jamie Carragher who drove a bus through him.
“Graeme Souness made his opinions look ridiculous then you had there whole observations from Rio Ferdinand that are defending the indefensible.
“I get it, he’s your mate. But you compare the facts for sacking a manager at Salford to one at Man United.
“The whole thing is based on an emotive reaction to what was ultimately a tonking.
“The facts are in front of you. He’s a really nice guy but, do you know what?
“At the elite end of business, whether it’s business or football, just simply don’t cut it.”