ESPN pundit, Craig Burley, believes that despite Manchester United‘s recent rejuvenation, they will come up short in their Champions League round-of-16 meeting with Paris Saint-Germain, next month.
United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has won all five of his matches since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.
Full of newfound confidence, the Red Devils will take on Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals and while many are seeing this as an opportunity for United to make their mark, Burley can’t help seeing a straightforward win for the Parisians.
“United can have a great run and they can still replace him as the manager and put up a formidable argument as why they’re doing it. It’s because it is such a rebuild,” he told ESPN, as quoted by Daily Star.
“So you can still have Man United going on this fantastic run and maybe getting in the top four, I don’t think they’ll beat PSG no matter how many smiles on their faces, you can still then as long as Woodward goes out and makes the right appointment, then he can say: ‘this was great, but there’s a bigger picture here.'”
So far, the Norwegian has done a commendable job, but Burley feels United cannot afford to be carried away with emotions and appoint Solskjaer, permanently.
“I’m sorry but it’s just too big a job and too big a rebuild against clubs who are way ahead in terms of the squad to get carried away with emotions,” he added.
Man Utd upcoming fixtures:
⚪️ 13th Jan: Tottenham (A)
26th Jan: Arsenal (A)
12th Feb: PSG (H)
24th Feb: Liverpool (H)
6th Mar: PSG (A)
9th Mar: Arsenal (A)
16th Mar: Man City (H)
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“Listening to one or two pulling on the heart strings about how he was a great servant to the club and he’s come in, he’s picked things up and they’ve done well. It’s gonna take a lot more than that to peg back Man City, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, all these other teams. It’s too big.”
“Because I think there’s better people out there. Particularly south by about 200 miles,” he concluded.