By Kevin Phillips

10th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Newcastle manager twist could 'trigger' Man United to sack Solskjaer - pundit

Newcastle United’s takeover may “trigger” Man United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Red Devils will not want the Magpies to lure Antonio Conte or Zinedine Zidane to St. James’ Park.

The Premier League ratified a PIF-backed takeover of Newcastle United on Thursday.

The consortium are widely expected to relieve Steve Bruce of his duties to make room for a new manager.

Elite managers Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane are both out of work.

When asked by Football Insider if the takeover could have implications for Solskjaer, Phillips said: “Solskjaer is under big pressure at the moment.

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“Every week you step on to the touchline at Manchester United you are under pressure though. It is the nature of the job.

“The results and performances of late have not been good enough. There needs to be an improvement after the international break.

“The new ownership at Newcastle may trigger things in the United boardroom. They might make a decision if they fear Newcastle are going to take one of the top managers out there.

“I do not want to see any manager lose their job. But, put it this way, I would not be surprised if something happened quickly if Man United struggle in their next few games.

“United would not want a Conte or a Zidane going to Newcastle.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has made a ‘huge’ Man United claim after a £137m deal agreed.