Shaka Hislop has urged Manchester United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now and snap up Massimiliano Allegri before someone else does.
With Solskjaer struggling to deliver results at Old Trafford, Allegri has become the favourite to succeed him as the new United manager.
Reports over this surprise move came to light on Wednesday, with Tuttosport claiming that Allegri and United are in advanced talks. The Italian outlet then claimed that the Red Devils are close to sealing a deal.
It comes in light of the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 30 years under Solskjaer’s leadership. With just two wins in eight games, they’re down in 12th-place in the Premier League standings.
Therefore, Hislop reckons United should act quickly and sign up Allegri before another top club like Paris Saint-Germain gets the former Juventus manager instead.
“If you’re Manchester United, the time is now to act,” the ex-West Ham goalkeeper told ESPN.
“If these stories are originating in Italy, you have to think that Allegri or his representatives have played some part in leaking this information.
“And if you’re Manchester United and you’re thinking long term and you’re not convinced by Solskjaer – and let’s be honest why would you? – and you’re starting to think about who the next manager is, Allegri is already at the top of the list.
“But then saying that, any big club who’s considering changing their manager, Allegri would be top of their list as well.
“Manchester United right now are a damaged brand and if somebody else, for argument’s sake let’s say PSG decide ‘we’ve had enough of [Thomas] Tuchel, and then they get involved in the race, PSG is the more likely of the destinations.
“So you act now while he’s still available.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, insisted that he hasn’t sought any assurances over his future from the United owners.