Paul Merson has said that any potential replacement to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United must be prepared to spend £700m to get the club back on track.
Solskjaer, whose side are 12th in the Premier League is facing mounting pressure at Old Trafford after the club – 12th in the Premier League after eight games – extended their worst away run since 1989 with a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate programme, Merson insisted that the Red Devils problems’ require a hefty financial investment to fix.
“Who takes this job [if Solskjaer goes?],” the pundit said. “This was a once in a lifetime job. You manage England, Man United and they are the two.
“Now, I wouldn’t see a queue round the block. They are a million miles off. This is a £700m job. If someone like Allegri came in, he would want £700m to spend. They need seven players.”
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United return from the international break with a match against unbeaten league leaders Liverpool and reports in Tuesday’s newspapers suggested that Solskjaer fears defeat could pose a serious threat to his tenure at Old Trafford.
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