Man Utd board 'terrified' to sack Solskjaer and bring in replacement in case it turns out like Mourinho, says Carragher

LIVERPOOL legend Jamie Carragher has admitted he feels sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but insists that Manchester United need to make a change.

Carragher, 43, spent his entire career at Liverpool, making 737 appearances in all competitions over 17 years, winning 11 trophies.

The 38-cap former England defender watched his old side thrash rivals Man Utd 5-0 yesterday and spoke after the game about the prospect of Utd replacing Solskjaer.

"They [Man Utd] are terrified to make a change.

"They're terrified to bring someone in like they did with Van Gaal and Mourinho and it's not a Manchester United guy.

"I think for the Manchester United board right now, I don't think it's a case of staying strong, I think it's a case of actually panicking.

"What would you do? We don't want to go back to someone doing their own thing."

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, 52, has been linked with the Utd job, but is known for his defensive style of play and his tendency to only stay at clubs for a couple of years.

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And some fans and pundits, including former Utd goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, do not believe Conte is the right man to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

The Dane said:"It’s been tried, bringing in the so-called big-name managers and they don’t have the same care and attention to detail in the youth and development and DNA of the club as Ole has.

"That period before him, a lot of players came in and a lot of coaches left, so everything needs to be rebuilt. I hope people understand that it takes time."

Carragher also admitted he believes Solskjaer has done well at Utd since his appointment in 2018, but he is not the man to take them to the next level.

He said: "On Monday [Night Football], I wasn't trying to be critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I actually think he's done a really good job to this point.

"But right at this point now, to take on Klopp, Guardiola, Tuchel, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea – they need a better manager.

"Now I wasn't saying that in a disrespectful way and I'm not saying it now on the back of that interview, I felt for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then, managing the club he loves.

Manchester United need a better manager

"That will be the darkest day in his football career. Forget his time [just] at Manchester United – his [whole] career.

"He'll never forget that. You'll always have that sympathy for a manager. And I don't want to get involved in a slanging match and rightly so, he should back his own corner.

"This thing of asking for managers to be sacked, I'm not comfortable saying that word sacked, [that] someone should go.

"But when we talk about Manchester United as a team, we're comfortable with saying Fred's not good enough, or McTominay's not good enough and they need a new midfield player.

"So, I don't feel too bad in terms of saying Manchester United need a better manager."

Man Utd take on Tottenham away next weekend followed by an away trip to Atalanta in the Champions League and then a home tie with rivals Man City.

Yesterday's defeat meant Man Utd dropped to seventh place in the league, six points behind Man City in third and eight points behind Chelsea at the top.

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