Manchester United legend and former England defender Rio Ferdinand (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand has named Manchester United’s three most improved players under new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Red Devils legend Solskjaer was announced as the full-time United boss last week having impressed as caretaker manager over the past four months.
United initially expected Solskjaer to be a short-term fix following Jose Mourinho’s sacking but the Norway legend has impressed in the Old Trafford hot-seat.
The team has flourished both domestically and in Europe, and Ferdinand believes Solskjaer has had a positive effect on three players in particular.
‘Since Ole has come you would say [Marcus] Rashford, [Paul] Pogba and [Victor] Lindelof have been the most improved,’ the Manchester United legend told Goal.
‘Those three have been standouts for me. David de Gea is the best keeper in the league by a mile.’
One player who Solskjaer has failed to improve since returning to Old Trafford is Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean forward joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 but is already being linked with a departure after an underwhelming first year in Manchester.
Alexis Sanchez is the one player yet to improve under Solskjaer, says Ferdinand (Picture: Getty)
‘Ole will be aiming to get the best out of Sanchez,’ former England defender Ferdinand said. ‘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 beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday to remain fourth in the Premier League, level on points with faltering Tottenham in third.