Former Manchester United right-back Paul Parker has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should not be given the permanent job at Old Trafford because he will not attract the right calibre of player to the club.
Solskjaer has managed to win his first four games as caretaker manager since he took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho.
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The former striker, who won six Premier League titles and Champions League with United, will be in charge of the club until the summer.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian’s bright start should offer him a permanent basis, but Parker has claimed that the club will look to appoint their former defender and former PSG boss Laurent Blanc.
“Ole’s a lovely fella,” he said on talkSPORT.
“He’s come in, he’s brought a smile into the place, everyone’s feeling happy. You’ll get the best out of anybody when they’re happy and they’re doing their work.”
“Long-term, I don’t think so. As good as it can be this season I think you have to look at the long-term.”
“Look at Manchester United, they need that little bit more. Someone who’s really going to go out and attract the right players.”
“Can Ole Gunnar get the right top players to come to Manchester United?”
“I have to say with his lack of experience, players are not going to come there.”
“Agents are not really going to come there. You’ll get players who want to play for United, no doubt now.”
“But you’re not going to get the players that Manchester United should be getting because they haven’t got a manager of the calibre that players and agent are going to want their man to come to.”
Parker instead thinks another former United player Laurent Blanc, who last managed PSG, would be a better option than Solskjaer.
“One of the names that has been mentioned is Laurent Blanc,” he added.
“Someone said to me he’s been a national team manager, he managed PSG, oh but that’s easy because they win everything.”
“It wasn’t so much about it was easy for him but he managed top quality players.”
“He managed [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic never had a go at him, Ibrahimovic says good things about him.”
“So he managed top quality players and he can attract good top players now because they see and hear the name and they go ‘I want to be around him’.”