Former Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand, has urged Manchester United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave the club with his “head held high” instead of being sacked by the club owners.

The England second most capped black player believes Solskjaer, who joined Man United in 2018, can not deliver the Premier League or Champions League to the club this season.

Solskjaer is under intense pressure at Man United after a poor run of form in which they have lost four out of their last six Premier League matches.

Speaking on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, he said: “I sit here now and I don’t think we can challenge for this league.

“I look at our team every week wondering what are we going to do tactically? I don’t see any philosophy or identity in the Man United way of playing whatever that should be from the management. I sit here looking confused at the team.

“I was always deep down a bit sceptical, could he take us on to be champions? I wasn’t fully convinced — I wasn’t sure he could do that.

“But the showing with the squad that he accumulated, to the beginning of this season — and what I’ve seen this season — I just feel it might be about the time now for the baton to be handed over to somebody else who can take us on now.

“And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high because from when he came in to where he got us at the beginning of the season I think it’s been positive.”

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have no intentions of sacking Ole Gunnar despite their current form. The reports claim that Joel Glazer who has the authority over the appointment of managers at the club still has faith in the Norwegian manager.