That Time When Rio Ferdinand Claimed 'Man United Are Back' After Their Victory Over PSG

Rio Ferdinand was one of the ex-Manchester United stars that put their full backing behind Ole Gunnar Solskjær when he came in as interim boss and the club went back to their old winning ways.

Let's be honest, though: most Red Devils fans felt the same way when the 46-year-old Norwegian came in as José Mourinho's successor and turned their season around.

When United created a major upset in the Champions League after knocking Paris Saint-Germain out of the competition in March, Ferdinand made it clear that he wanted Solskjær to be appointed on a permanent basis.

"Man United might not thank me, but get the contract out, put it on the table, let him sign it, let him write whatever numbers he wants to put on there -- given what he's done since he's come in -- and let him sign the contract and go," he said.

"Ole's at the wheel, man -- he's doing his thing. Man United are back!"

Oh dear. While it's unclear whether the 40-year-old BT Sport pundit still feels the same way, there were many, many United fans calling for Solskjær's head after the Red Devils' 1-1 draw to Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.

United will officially miss out on Champions League football now, with the former Molde and Cardiff City head coach admitting that his side doesn't deserve to finish in the Premier League's top four.

"It hurts whenever you don't win a game of football. In a stadium like this with loads of energy, their last game of the season at home, we gave them some hope and we couldn't reach our level again," he told BBC Sport after the match.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"There was always going to be a period in this game Huddersfield would press us because of the energy of the crowd.

"We had a spell we couldn't get going, now it's done, we're disappointed but we have to look forward.

"We haven't deserved to be top four, we've chased the pack and been given chances, the league is so tight.

"When we got the opportunities we weren't able to really grab them. In the end, the table doesn't lie."

Did United make the wrong decision in appointing Solskjær as the permanent manager before the end of the season?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport/PA

Adnan Riaz

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