Manchester United Premier League winning defender Paul Parker fears that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be sacked if the club lose their next two league games.
Pressure is once again beginning to mount on Solskjaer after poor performances in recent games against newly-promoted Sheffield United and Aston Villa. United recovered from deficits to lead in both games but only ended up with a point each time.
And Parker believes that in the current climate where many managers are losing their jobs, Solskjaer might find himself out of work should United be defeated against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
“I think I have to say that if we lose the next two games, in a bad fashion, there’s a very good chance that (on next week’s podcast) we’ll be talking about the speculation about who will be coming in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” Parker admitted exclusively on today’s WeAreTheBusbyBoys podcast.
Parker did strongly state that he believes Solskjaer should not be dismissed, but feels that the increasing level of speculation means the eventuality is probably already being considered.
“There’s an individual already out there talking to certain people and making it known that he is,” he said. “If you look at what happened with Spurs, with Jose Mourinho getting appointed at six o’clock in the morning, that didn’t just happen in a few hours. It’s all going on.”
Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to get the job should Solskjaer be sacked; Parker hopes that United aren’t turning into Arsenal, where controversial YouTube channels campaign for change to influence the managerial position at the club. At the London club, Unai Emery was sacked last week, and Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed caretaker, suggesting that there is no obvious succession plan in place. And Parker says that he would hate for that to be the case at United.
“For United to not have anybody in place immediately, people would love to write about how they weren’t organised to fill that berth straight away,” Parker says. “What happened at Arsenal sums up them as a club now. When I was younger, they were run properly and right. There was so much etiquette about the club. Inside the club there are too many chefs, all on the board and nobody concentrating on the football. They bowed to the pressure mostly coming from one entity, an awful entity, and they saw the majority of fans wanted him out so they got him out. Who’s going to want to come in to that? They talk about you as a person, it’s horrific, who wants that? The last thing I want is for that to happen to Ole. If it doesn’t work out I want him to be able to come back to Old Trafford the way he should be treated, the way he was treated before he took the job on. He didn’t have to take it. If he didn’t take it on people would have called him on it. It was a brave shout to take it on.”