Rio Ferdinand described what Manchester United’s identity looks like under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, identifying three factors the team have worked on in training and elsewhere.
Solskjaer’s men weren’t brilliant against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday, but scored a nice goal thanks to Alex Telles and an added time winner thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo to steal the three points.
The ability to score late was highlighted after the game by Ferdinand as one of the key identities of any United squad, with Solskjaer overseeing a number of high profile late winners in his time.
Speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand also pointed out a tactical identity regarding quick transitions and a reliance on individuals to show their brilliance.
He said: “It’s been questioned, what’s the style of play? And that’s a pretty relevant question. would be the way they score in transition.
“Win the ball, in that transition they’re so quick in their passing. That’s what you always see, people running and moving and shopping.
“Since the day he joined the club, if you mean what happened again, that’s it. Lots of clips, Rashford was the trigger. That’s the main thing but you also need to understand they relied a lot on sparkle and individual moments.
“Obviously Bruno has been an integral part of that and the main player. I think he’s building something slowly but he doesn’t jump out at you as much as you might see with other teams. But I don’t. I have no doubt that they are working on field training to obtain this identity.
“[Another] one of the identities is to score late goals, of character, of belief. “
When asked if Solskjaer is taking too long to put together a proper identity, Ferdinand said he heard firsthand about the work going on behind the scenes in training and around the club to get it right. ensure that the manager’s philosophy was worked on.
“Anyone would say it is taking too long,” he replied.
“I put myself in Ole’s shoes or one of the players, you are impatient. We all want it yesterday, we don’t want to wait. Society in general, we are all impatient. The fans will say ‘we do it. want now, “but you have to believe in the process. It doesn’t happen overnight.
“These guys that I know for a fact are working hard behind the scenes and I know they wish they could be further ahead than they are right now. Sometimes you have to take where you are at and trust the process.”
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