Rio Ferdinand names Man United’s three most improved players

Rio Ferdinand credits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with improving the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof at Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with improving the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof at Manchester United this season.

The Norwegian boss has been earning lots of praise for the impact he has had at Old Trafford and the Red Devils moved to appoint him as their new permanent manager last week.

Manchester United won his first game as permanent manager on Saturday when they claimed a 2-1 win over Watford in the top flight to continue their push for a top-four finish.

The Red Devils have been in top form of late and it is all a far cry from their struggles under Jose Mourinho towards the end of last year.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has credited Solskjaer with being able to coax the best form out of some of the Red Devils’ key stars.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Ferdinand said: “Since Ole has come you would say [Marcus] Rashford, [Paul] Pogba and [Victor] Lindelof have been the most improved.

“Those three have been standouts for me. David De Gea is the best keeper in the league by a mile.”

Asked about Alexis Sanchez, Ferdinand added: “Ole will be aiming to get the best out of Sanchez.

“Ole has gotten the best out of every other player in the squad since he has come.

“One of them is not going to do it. At the moment, Sanchez isn’t playing at the level that we have seen him play at Arsenal.

“He will want to get back to that for personal pride. Ole and his coaching staff will be aiming to get him back into that rhythm and producing that quality he had at Arsenal consistently at United.”

Manchester United are aiming to challenge for a top-four finish as they seek Champions League qualification.

They will host FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at Old Trafford next Wednesday night.

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