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Paul Parker believes Solskjaer will find it tough to attract top quality players


Paul Parker believes Solskjaer is not the best long-term managerial option at Old Trafford

Manchester United legend Paul Parker believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done exceptionally well as the interim manager but the club needs a more experienced face to be at the helm of affairs in the longer run to attract top quality players.

Solskjaer took over the reins as the caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and has resurrected United’s fortunes, guiding the club to four consecutive victories in the Premier League to equal Matt Busby’s record of the best start to a managerial term at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian fan favourite has expressed his desire to take up the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season if the results go the right way. However, Parker is doubtful whether he can bring in big players.

The ex-Red Devils defender told talkSPORT: “Ole’s a lovely fella.

“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 believes that a high-profile name like Laurent Blanc who has strings attached to Old Trafford would be a better option to take up the job.

He added: “One of the names that has been mentioned is Laurent Blanc.

“Someone said to me he’s been a national team manager, he managed PSG, oh but that’s easy because they win everything.



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