Rio Ferdinand has given his take on Manchester United firing Jose Mourinho.
United sacked Mourinho this morning, two days after defeat to Liverpool.
The result left United 19 points behind their rivals and looking directionless.
Mourinho had promised United would reach January in the top four, only for the team to win one out of four league games in December.
Mourinho took United to second in the league last season but regressed this year and are back in sixth position, the same place the club finished in Louis van Gaal’s final year.
Ferdinand said he recognised it was clearly time for United to move on without Mourinho.
Right now is the right time.. things aren’t improving & he has taken it as far as he can… I was one of his biggest advocates 2 & half years ago when he joined the club & felt he stabilised #mufc when we needed it… You can’t ignore what Jose has achieved as a manager previously but I feel the time has come for fresh ideas at #MUFC…! People have been critical of my comments on TV of late but as a fan I am saying it as I see it. The club needs an injection of positivity & hopefully this decision will allow that to happen. I wish Jose all the best & wish him well for the future.
United plan to hire a caretaker manager until the end of the season, before appointing a permanent successor.
Michael Carrick helped take training today and will lead the team in preparation for the fixture away to Cardiff City this weekend.