BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand has revealed he could see qualities in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that told him the Norwegian would become a manager during their days playing alongside each other at Manchester United.
Solskjaer was installed as the caretaker boss at Old Trafford in December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, and has made an unbelievable start to life at the helm - winning ten league games from 12 since his appointment.
Speaking exclusively to 90min, Ferdinand said on the qualities he saw in Solskjaer:
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"I think we're seeing a player who we had high expectations of and it's really starting to bare fruit."
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"I see that when you ask him a question, he'll give you a quick, cold and direct answer. There was no shirking of subjects or issues - he was like that."
"How good he'll be? Listen. Who knows? Great players don't necessarily make great managers, but he's someone now who's almost fallen into a situation and gone beyond anyone's expectations - I'm sure even his own."
United travel to Paris to face PSG on Wednesday night, looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg after a defeat at Old Trafford. And with Paul Pogba suspended after picking up a red card, the former England centre half was not optimistic about United's changes of progressing to the quarter finals.
Asked if he thought United would suffer elimination, Ferdinand said:
"But nobody expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team to win this game when it came out in the draw - so I don't think it has any bearing on Ole getting the job in the long-term."
Solskjaer is the strong favourite to get the United job full time following their run of form over the last 10 weeks, though the club are not expected to make a decision on the next permanent boss until the later stages of the season at the earliest.
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Source : 90min