Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments that Man Utd aren’t in the Premier League title race discredits their achievements this season, according to Paul Parker.
Speaking after a disappointing 3-3 draw against Everton earlier this month, Solskjaer claimed the Red Devils “shouldn’t even be considered as title-chasers”.
Before his apparent U-turn a few days ago when he said Man Utd “have to put up a fight” in the title race and that they “won’t let” Man City “run away with it”.
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His initial comments have annoyed Parker, who finds it “very strange that he would say something like that”.
Parker told GrandNational.org: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying that Manchester United were not in the title race was a silly comment to make. Regardless of what team it is, if you are sitting second in the table, and only a few points behind the leader, you must believe you’re in the title race.
“Even if Manchester Unted don’t have staying power, or the squad, you should never admit your shortcomings to opponents that might be listening.
“Manchester United have got to enjoy the position they find themselves in, but you simply can’t just say they’re not in the hunt for the title. You have got to keep players as positive as you can and tell them they can win the Premier League.
“Some of those players with their egos will be thinking that they will win things at Manchester United, if a manager does not believe it is the case, how is a player ever going to?
“Instead of taking the pressure off people, he is adding it. I find it very strange that he would say something like that after drawing at home to Everton who has one of the best away records in the Premier League.
“Manchester United have got to be positive, so there’s no way he should be saying they’re not in the race, they were top of the league two weeks ago.”