Manchester United legend Paul Parker has slammed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his negative comments in ruling out the club out of the Premier League title race.
Currently, United sit second in the Premier League table, five points behind rivals Manchester City, who also have a game in hand over their rivals.
The Norwegian who was disappointed after our 3-3 draw against Everton last weekend claimed we are not title contenders.
“We’re not talking about winning titles,” said Solskjaer. “We’ve come a long way this team and we shouldn’t have been considered as title contenders.”
Former United defender Parker, who won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup with the Red Devils, is not impressed with this attitude and thinks it could damage the confidence of the United players, rather than ease the pressure in a positive way.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying that Manchester United were not in the title race was a silly comment to make,” Parker told The Sun.
“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 United 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?”
Next up for the club is an away game against West Brom this weekend at the Hawthorns.