Rio Ferdinand sends Premier League scheduling message to Solskjaer

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep doing his job after he complained about the club’s Premier League fixture scheduling.

The Norwegian was not pleased with the lunchtime kickoff of our game against Everton just only 48 hours after our midweek clash against Istanbul Basaksehir branding it a setup for the club to fail.

“We were set up to fail,” Solskjaer said after goals from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani saw United bounce back from back-to-back losses.

“The kick-off time set us up to fail. We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.

“These boys deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it. It’s a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling.

“The authorities set us up for fail, who is responsible? We’ve had enough of that. Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically it’s draining. Let us play on a Sunday, there’s an international break after this, it’s a joke.”

But former United defender Rio Ferdinand insists managing unfortunate scheduling is one of the demands of being of one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“I think the demands for big clubs that comes with it,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“We played on a Wednesday evening away in Ukraine come back and then play Newcastle away in a lunchtime kick-off. That’s part and parcel of it.

“I understand his frustration because we used to moan. And you want the league to be lenient and give you a little bit of extra time but it wasn’t the case at times and you’ve just got to get on with it.

“His frustration lies in players getting injured. But he’s controlled the narrative during that interview there.

“He’s talked about what he’s wanted to talk about and that’s something that a lot top manager has done in the past.

“It’s taken away what was being spoken about before the match. But the result is the be all and end all. He got the result he needed.”