Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United look stronger and fitter ahead of opening Premier League clash with Chelsea


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Rio Ferdinand thinks things at Manchester United are moving in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It is the start of Solskjaer’s first full season as permanent United boss and he has been able to put his own stamp on the team.

They have spent around £145million on signing Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James during the transfer window, which Ferdinand was a big fan of.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Chelsea on Sunday

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Chelsea on Sunday

“I really hope this season is a step in the right direction,” the United legend told talkSPORT. “From what I have been seeing in the media, from the manager, from some of the players, is the team look fitter, they look stronger, and they are understand what the needs are now from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Our era wouldn’t understand not being fit. That was part and parcel – you have to be fit from day one – but certain managers have a certain style of play and that has all been upped since he has been in there.

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“I think the philosophy in terms of their transfer signings has been a good step in the right direction. They are younger, fresher, hungrier players. All British boys as well, which has always been a mainstay at Manchester United.

“Part of the fabric has been having young British hungry players who understand the club and the DNA and these boys will be shown that straight away.”

United have a tough test in their opening Premier League fixture against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Sunday.

Ferdinand believes this is a good opportunity for his former England team-mate and has backed him to do well.

Frank Lampard has been backed to do well by Rio Ferdinand

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Frank Lampard has been backed to do well by Rio Ferdinand

He added: “It makes it interesting again this season because they have not been able to move in the transfer market but it gives young players an opportunity and a pathway into the first team which I do not think has been there for the young players in recent years at Chelsea. It is a great task and I think he will do well.

“He showed great signs at Derby.

“It is a great opportunity for Frank and his team but also it is a great scenario for the club. It is a change in direction, they have gone for tried and trusted people , they never kept anybody on for more than a couple of years really if Frank could click his fingers and say I will be here and have a good amount of success I will stay here for ten years they have never had that before.”

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