TalkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy has urged Manchester United to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
The Reds were beaten on penalties by Villarreal in Wednesday night’s Europa League final, meaning that the club are still yet to lift a trophy under the 48-year-old.
Meanwhile, Conte has parted company with Inter Milan over the newly-crowned Italian champions’ plans to sell several key members of his squad this summer.
And Cundy has implored United to make a move for the ex-Juventus man in the coming weeks.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “There’s nothing positive, it [losing the Europa League final] was a disaster, this is a disaster for Ole.
“This was his big moment to prove everyone including me wrong, and he’s proved me right.
“That display was enough, I’ve seen enough there to move in a different direction. I don’t see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the man for Manchester United.
“Ole is held in such high regard, he’s a lovely guy and he’s well liked, he doesn’t seem like a bad person at all, but this is a ruthless industry.
“Going into next season there is a perfect break now, this is the perfect time.
“It’s hard to hear, but the truth is he is not up to Man United’s standard, he’s simply not.
“Antonio Conte, he’s won the Premier League and he’s just won the Serie A title, he knows how to win titles and he is a ruthless manager, he knows how to get a tune out of a team.
“He’s managed Italy at the World Cup – we’re talking about a seriously experienced man.
“Look, I’d prefer it if you didn’t [given his Chelsea links] but right now when I heard the news today [of Conte’s rumoured Inter exit] and I see that result – go and get him!”
Conte enjoyed success during previous stint in England with Chelsea, lifting a Premier League and an FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.
But despite his lack of silverware, a recent report from the Telegraph suggests that United are set to back Solskjaer with a contract extension.