• News

Manchester United urged to replace Solskjaer with former Chelsea boss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Man United
Getty Images

After a shocking 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Manchester United to bite the bullet by sacking manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United must take a leaf out of Chelsea’s book by replacing a club legend with a new manager, says Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The former Aston Villa striker thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is out of his depth and United should appoint a proven top manager, such as Antonio Conte or Zinedine Zidane.

Conte, who has won the Premier League and Serie A titles with three clubs – Chelsea, Juventus, and Inter Milan – is a coach Agbonlahor reckons will bring out the best in players and leave Cristiano Ronaldo as the undisputed penalty-taker at Old Trafford.

He pointed out the success Chelsea have had since replacing club legend Frank Lampard with Thomas Tuchel last January. This bold decision helped the Blues to win the Champions League.

What did Agbonlahor say?

“I just don’t think Ole’s the man. If that was [Antonio] Conte, he’d be like okay Ronaldo is on the penalty, you haven’t got a choice. If you don’t like it Fernandes come and sit with me, Ole doesn’t have that pull,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“If I was Manchester United now, Chelsea did it with Lampard, got rid of a club legend and brought in Tuchel and look what happened. Manchester United need to now take Ole out of it, give him a job on the board, bring in Conte and he will get the best out of these players.

“Even these decisions during the games, [Harry] Maguire was limping for 10 minutes before he brought him off.

“You need a goal in the last 10 minutes and you bring on [Edinson] Cavani who hasn’t played any minutes this season, you’ve got Lingard there who scored a late winner against West Ham, you’ve got Sancho which you’ve brought for £70m sitting on the bench.

“I just think some of his decision have been miles off it, I think United need to bit the bullet and get rid of him, bring in Conte who’s out there, [Zinedine] Zidane is out there in order to get better out of these players.”

After losing 1-0 to Agbonlahor’s old club Villa at the weekend, United return to action on Wednesday for a Champions League match against Villarreal at Old Trafford.

ADVERTISEMENT