Steve Nicol has branded Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent visit to Manchester United’s training ground as “horrible” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United and manager Solskjaer are under mounting pressure following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. Indeed, that rated as their worst defeat at home to one of their biggest rivals in recent memory.
As a result, Solskjaer has faced increasing calls to get the sack. What’s more, United bosses are reportedly eyeing up a move for Antonio Conte.
Man Utd great Ferguson reportedly backed Solskjaer to stay in critical talks earlier this week.
However, his recent visit to the club’s Carrington training complex amid the pressure on the coach has not gone down well with former Liverpool defender Nicol.
“I absolutely hate the fact that Ferguson is at Carrington. That’s horrible, that looks really bad on the manager,” the pundit told ESPN FC.
“That’s almost like the teacher coming to remind the pupil of what to do, I think it’s bad timing.
“If Fergie wants to go to Carrington, why not go after they’ve won three or four on the trot, which might be a while.
“You don’t turn up when all this is going on, it makes it worse for Ole.”
Solskjaer reportedly has three games to save his job, the first of which sees Tottenham host Man Utd.
However, the fixture list does not get any easier, with Atalanta and Manchester City to follow.
Pundit fumes at Ferguson over Solskjaer
“It diminishes Ole’s role, he’s supposed to be the man,” Nicol added of Ferguson’s training visit.
“Can you imagine Alex Ferguson when he was a manager at Manchester United when they were having a bad run and all of a sudden Matt Busby walks out onto the training ground – Fergie would have gone absolutely ballistic.”
While Solskjaer has faced mounting pressure after the defeat to Liverpool, Ferguson made headlines of his own.
Sky Sports‘ coverage of the match cut to him as he puffed his cheeks out at the 5-0 scoreline.