Ex-Man Utd man: ‘Only sack Solskjaer if Woodward leaves too’

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker would only say “yes” to sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if Ed Woodward moves “away from his position” too.

Pressure is growing on Solskjaer after United slipped to a demoralising 2-0 defeat against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday, stretching their winless run on the road to seven Premier League matches.

West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko landed the first blow a minute before half-time and full-back Aaron Cresswell supplied the knockout punch with a spectacular late free-kick.

The Red Devils did grab a victory over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup in midweek but the League One side made them work for it, taking Solskjaer’s side to penalties.

However, Parker doesn’t think sacking Solskjaer is the right thing to do at the moment with the structure at the club likely to remain the same.

Parker told talkSPORT: “I just think it doesn’t make sense for Manchester United to sack a manager, whether you want to call it a sacking or leaving by mutual consent. I don’t think they can at the moment because they’ve got enough issues going on.

“I think they are in such a bad place at the moment it would throw more mud at the club if they were to get rid of Ole.

“If they could come out and say ‘we are getting rid of him and we are going to have a clean slate with someone fresh’, in other words Ed Woodward is going to move away from his position and someone else is going to take that position and the club is going to be run as what it should be, a football club, I would say yes.

“Whoever is going to come in next is going to have the same barriers in front of them.”

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