Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker says Tim Sherwood would be a better option than Jose Mourinho as manager at Old Trafford.
Current United boss Louis van Gaal is under intense pressure from the club’s supporters and is widely expected to be replaced by former Chelsea manager Mourinho in the summer.
However Parker, who made over 100 appearances for United during a five-year spell at the club in the 90’s, thinks the Red Devils would be making a big mistake appointing the Portuguese.
“To suggest that [Mourinho] could walk in to a crisis situation at United and turn it around is absurd,” Parker wrote in his Eurosport column.
“That’s something he’s never done in his career, and this really wouldn’t be the time to start. He’s lost a huge amount of respect in the game, and I suspect the players at United hate the idea of him taking over.
“Frankly, given how unhappy the players are right now, they’d be better off bringing in Tim Sherwood between now and the end of the season: someone to soft soap the players, give them a bit of a cuddle, get them feeling good about themselves once again.
“Sadly, as we’ve seen with Tim, those sorts of managers don’t work long term. And United need to start thinking about the long term as soon as possible, because if not they face the ultimate danger: turning into the new Liverpool.”