By Alan Hutton

13th Nov, 2021 | 8:30pm

Pundit suggests Man United have 'someone big coming in' after board source's manager update

Man United must appoint an “elite manager” if they are to challenge for a top-four league finish, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested current incumbent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given “extra leeway” due to his stature at the club.

A United source has told Football Insider that Solskjaer is safe for now and will take charge of the team’s next match against Watford on November 20th.

However, he is expected to be axed if he cannot inspire a turnaround in fixtures straight after the international break.

Senior board members have growing misgivings about how the team is setting up and the tactics being deployed by Solskjaer.

The Red Devils sit fifth in the Premier League and are already nine points adrift of pace-setters Chelsea after just 11 games.

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Hutton insisted Man United are playing like “a team of individuals” and need “someone big” to inspire a turnaround.

“It’s a difficult situation. He’s been given that extra leeway because he’s a legend of the club,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I totally understand that, but if Man United are truly going to challenge for the top four – they need an elite manager.

“They need someone to galvanise the team. I’ve worked on a couple of their games this season, the Leicester game – they look like a team of individuals.

“They’re not pressing as one, they’re not an effective unit.

“It’s going to take someone big to come in and sort that out.”

Solskjaer took charge of Man United in December 2018 after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The former Red Devils striker scored 126 goals in 366 games over 11 years with the club.

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