'I prefer not to watch!': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he ignores Sky's MNF - and accuses Jamie Carragher of making jibes about his job in a bid to destabilise Man United days before they face Liverpool!

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that Jamie Carragher claiming Manchester United need a 'better manager' was an attempt to destabilise the club ahead of their crunch clash against Liverpool this Sunday.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, Carragher praised Solskjaer's work in charge, but believes that United will need an improvement in the dugout in order to challenge for the biggest trophies.

However, when pushed for his opinion on the MNF debate between the former Liverpool man and United legend Gary Neville over the club's direction, Solskjaer said he is not affected by their words.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested Jamie Carragher has tried to destabilise Manchester United
Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, believes United need a 'better manager' to win trophies

'No, it doesn't affect me, but of course you've seen some of the comments once in a while,' Solskjaer said. 'I didn't know what he was saying now but of course we got Liverpool on Sunday as well, so Jamie's always looking at all these little things.

'I've got my values, I've got my way of managing, and I believe in myself. As long as the club believes in me, I'm pretty sure that Jamie Carragher's opinion is not going to change that.'

United face a testing run of fixtures next as they bid to spark a revival in form, with Solskjaer under mounting pressure already this season.
Solskjaer is under mounting pressure, with United's loss at Leicester extending their poor form

The 4-2 defeat at Leicester at the weekend raised more questions over his future given there is an expectation that United should go on to win silverware this year.

And it is this target that Carragher says Solskjaer will fail to reach, with the pundit believing the United coach is not of the same calibre as other managers at big clubs.

'Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not win a league title or Champions League trophy as Manchester United manager,' Carragher said. 'He is not at the level of the other managers - in terms of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel or Pep Guardiola.

'They've got years of experience behind them in terms of winning big trophies. Ole hasn't got that.'
Despite facing a tough run of fixtures next, United will still be expected to return to form soon

Carragher went on to add: 'Manchester United will only win maybe the FA Cup or the Europa League. If he won one of them, for me, that would make no difference.

'I wouldn't be thinking at all about changing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right now but Manchester United, at the end of the season, whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won a trophy or not, need to have a better manager.

'That's not a criticism of Ole, but they need a manager who can compete with the other managers in this league.

'And Solskjaer, unfortunately - and he'll know that himself and every Man United fan will know that themselves - is not at the level of the other [top] managers in the Premier League.'
Solskjaer has also clarified his comments over Marcus Rashford needing to 'focus on football'

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has also clarified his comments over Marcus Rashford's charity work, insisting the club are 'incredibly proud' and that there is no suggestion it has been a distraction from his playing career.

Inadvertently making the headlines before Rashford's return at the King Power, Solskjaer praised his forward's campaign to fight child food poverty, but told him to 'maybe prioritise his football and focus on football'.

It is understood that he has since spoken to Rashford to clear up his remarks, and explained to the media that he meant to say the 23-year-old can focus on football after struggling with injury problems.

'Let’s get the elephant out of the room straightaway,' he said. 'You know the headlines that came out of the chat I had before the Leicester game.
Rashford scored in United's defeat by Leicester on Saturday - his return from a shoulder injury

'Of course, we are so unbelievably proud of what Marcus has done on and off the pitch.

'I was saying about Marcus and how it must be nice for the boy to focus on going into training and not feeling his ankle or his shoulder or his back. Now he can just go and enjoy his football.

'Just so there are no more questions on that one or even ask Marcus about it. I just wanted to start with that one and get it out of the way.'

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