Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on former club Manchester United as the Red Devils legend hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side for recovering their form after a poor start to the season.

The United boss’s job had been under severe pressure after the international break, with the 6-1 hammering at home to Tottenham Hotspur putting the Norwegian’s place in the dugout at risk.

However, four points from a possible six against Newcastle and Chelsea, alongside impressive back-to-back wins in Europe over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig has onset a wave of optimism around the club.

And Ferdinand has hailed the United boss following the 5-0 rout of the Bundesliga leaders at Old Trafford on Wednesday, saying ‘they have regrouped well’.

‘That’s football, it can change quick,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

‘The highs are very high, the lows are deeper than you can imagine. They’ve regrouped well, fitness has been key after Spurs and Palace.’

A tweak in formation has seen Solskjaer’s side’s fortunes change dramatically, and Ferdinand has been impressed with the squad depth available to the manager.

‘What I’m seeing is the depth. Players are coming in, there’s not been much of a change in the teams they’re putting out and they’re getting results. Today [Marcus] Rashford comes on, Bruno [Fernandes] comes on and it impacts the game.’

Fellow United legend Paul Scholes added that Solskjaer would have been ‘scared to death’ by the Spurs drubbing, but commended the manager for getting the best out of his squad.

‘That Spurs game would’ve scared Ole to death,’ Scholes said.

‘He had to try and make the team more solid, playing the two in front of the back four has done that.

‘You look ahead of that – the quality, the speed… Fernandes with his passing quality, Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Mason] Greenwood… so many brilliant attacking players.

‘He’s found a way of playing which suits the squad he’s got.’

United will be looking to maintain their momentum this weekend, as the Red Devils host Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.


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