Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy joked that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would manage against Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would like him to play against Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira every week.
Solskjaer is now the bookmakers’ favorite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job after a humiliating 5-0 home loss to rivals Liverpool.
The Norwegian is in his third full season at the club and has yet to win a silver, and winning one seems further than ever after a humiliating defeat at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer is a club legend at United thanks to his six league titles as a player, but took office as a goalkeeper with an uninspiring CV.
The former Molde and Cardiff boss has won fans over with a few stellar early performances, but former Liverpool midfielder Murphy believes Solskjaer is not good enough to compete at the top.
“I think sometimes you just have to accept your level,” Murphy said.
“You try, you do your best, it’s a bit like when you’re a player.
“When you play, you try to be the best player in the world, you try to be the best at your job.
“You get to the level that you get to and then you sort of determine where you are and you know what your strengths and weaknesses are. “
Murphy believes Solskjaer has now reached that point and simply cannot compete with Klopp, Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel, with their sides setting the pace in the Premier League title race through scintillating displays.
United are now in seventh place and haven’t had a win in their last four league games, and things won’t get any easier.
The Red Devils face Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in their next five Premier League games, which could be a disaster for Solskjaer judging by his side’s recent performances.
Murphy acknowledges the 48-year-old had a good time returning to Manchester, but likens it to his own playing career, saying you have to know your limits.
He explained: “You have some good games along the way, like Ole has had some good games where he set up a tactical plan and beat Man City a few times.
“They’ve had a few moments, PSG, but ultimately week after week they can’t compete with the managers they’re up against.
“It’s like playing against Gerrard and Vieira every week.
“I’ll do my best, I’ll do it, I’ll try and someday I’ll get the better of them, but more often than not they’re going to dominate me because they’re better.”