By Paul Robinson

9th Nov, 2021 | 11:50am

Pundit 'can't believe' Man United manager snub as Ornstein reveals board latest

Paul Robinson has insisted Man United should have pursued a move for Tottenham manager Antonio Conte when he was available.

The former England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested it is a “matter of time” before current incumbent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relieved from his position at Old Trafford.

According to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein (November 8th), Solskjaer is set to remain in charge for Man United’s next fixture against Watford later this month – despite mounting speculation about his future.

The Red Devils suffered another derby day embarrassment on Saturday, falling 2-0 at home to Man City just two weeks after a 5-0 thrashing against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Robinson insisted Man United are “so far away” from their rivals and claimed Solskjaer “isn’t the manager” to bridge the gap to the top four.

“Nobody has a God-given right to finish top of the league or in the Champions League,” he told Football Insider.

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“But with the squad that Man United have got – he’s not getting the best out of those players.

“Solskjaer’s not putting out the right formation, he’s not putting the best players on the pitch in the right positions.

“They are so far away from the top four – if you look at the way Liverpool and Man City destroyed them, they are miles away from where they want to be.

“They’re not going to win the league, the Champions League – what are they going to come away from this season with?

“He’s not the manager to take them to where they need to be. He’s swimming against the tide and it’s a matter of time.

“I can’t believe they didn’t act when Conte was free. They’ve given Solskjaer time, which is the greatest gift you can give a manager.

“He’s had three years, but where are they? Since they last won a trophy, Man City have won ten.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed whether Ed Woodward could land a new Man United role as Glazers ‘reward’.