Manchester United are gearing up for a colossal encounter in the Manchester derby against Man City this evening.
It’ll be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first derby as United boss, and it couldn’t have come at worse time with the team’s dip in form.
After United’s woeful 4-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Easter Sunday, former United midfielder Lee Sharpe has blasted the man in charge, and claimed he isn’t up for the job.
Solskjaer’s lack of experience could dissuade top players from moving to Old Trafford, and he may not get the best out of younger players, he said.
Instead, United should’ve “broken the bank” and appointed Pochettino, because they have the financial muscle to do so, he said.
Pochettino was the safest option, and although Solskjaer did a good job at Molde, United is “a different beast”, added Sharpe.
“I’m not particularly confident that Solskjaer is the right choice to be trusted with taking Manchester United back to where they belong,” Sharpe told SportingBet.
“I have the utmost respect for him, but I fear the job is too big at this stage of his managerial career.
“I would have gone down the Pochettino route. My biggest concern with Solskjaer is how few boxes he has ticked due to his lack of experience.
“Pochettino has that Premier League and Champions League experience, as well as a reputation that would attract star signings and a track record of improving players.
“His teams punch above their weight, he is good tactically and he gets the best out of young players.
“We can’t say for sure that Solskjaer ticks any of those boxes because he hasn’t done it before.”
The latest managerial appointment could prove to be another costly mistake in what’s been a catalogue of premature decisions since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford, said Sharpe.
While only time will tell whether Solskjaer’s appointment was the right decision, he really hopes it works out.
Sharpe’s comments come ahead of a crucial Manchester derby that sees City gunning for the title, while United aim to secure a top four spot.
City have won five of their last seven visits to Old Trafford, and Pep Guardiola has won both of his derby matches 2-1 away from home.
Meanwhile, Liverpool fans will be keeping a close eye on tonight’s fixture, as they’ll be hoping for City to drop points as the league season comes to an end.
A win for United would see them go level on points with Chelsea after the same number of matches, but crucially with an inferior goal difference.
A loss would see them fall further behind in the race for the top four, and subsequently a place in next season’s Champions League.