Jamie Carragher thinks Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has done a decent job as Manchester United boss but doesn't believe he is the man to end their wait for the title.
United have taken a single point from their last three Premier League games following Saturday's chastening 4-2 loss at Leicester, prompting intense scrutiny of Solskjaer's position.
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a really good job as Manchester United manager - and I'm not saying that trying to be clever from a Liverpool point of view," Carragher said on Sky Sports
"What I mean by that is this could have gone horribly wrong for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in with experience from Scandinavia and a year at Cardiff. I said this about Frank Lampard: I can’t judge Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against, maybe, [Jose] Mourinho or [Louis] van Gaal, who possibly did average jobs themselves.
"But this will never change: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not win a league title or Champions League trophy as Manchester United manager. 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. So, where he’s gotten them right now - he’s done a really good job.
"This team is a good team. I don’t believe it’s a poor team. I think it’s a great collection of individuals but there’s a feeling around that, 'If Ole wins a trophy this season, he needs to stay; he needs to win a trophy to stay in the job.’
"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.
"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."
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand believes public criticism from Paul Pogba suggests there is "underlying frustration" at Manchester United but does not expect a "knee-jerk" reaction regarding Solskjaer's future.
Midfielder Pogba admitted the defeat at the King Power Stadium was deserved, while attributing it to long-standing issues and a lack of maturity.
Former United defender Ferdinand feels the France international’s comments are concerning and "pose questions" about the current mood at the club.
"It doesn’t sit well with me. If I was in a changing room and a team-mate had said that, I wouldn’t be happy, I’ve got to be honest," Ferdinand told the Vibe With Five podcast.
"I’d be straight in, saying: 'What does that mean? I don’t quite understand what you’re saying,’ unless I actually agree.
"Pogba’s an honest guy, that’s what I like about Paul. He’s very passionate, wants to win, wants to be the best he can be.
"And that says to me that there’s an underlying frustration within the camp and he can’t hide it. He’s not hiding it.
"Normally you get bog-standard answers (to interview questions) but he’s said a few things there that pose questions."
United have improved their league position each year since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dugout in December 2018.
Expectations were high going into the new season following a headline-grabbing summer transfer window which brought the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
With United currently five points behind leaders Chelsea, Ferdinand feels former team-mate Solskjaer will remain in the role until at least the end of the season but must win silverware to continue beyond that.
"There’s been gradual improvement every year he’s been here and the squad shape and the mould of the squad looks better than when he took over – that’s all perfect," said Ferdinand.
"This season now is Ole’s squad. This season he will be judged.
"He’s got to go and win something and show improvement again. I think if he doesn’t, he’s going to be on a chopping board.
"But I don’t think the club will have a knee-jerk reaction now. He’s done enough to warrant finishing this season and then see where you are. I think that’s what will be the case.
"There will be people saying: ‘Get rid of him now,’ that’s the culture today.
"I think he will get to the end of this season and then it will be a cut-throat decision.
"Either: ‘Yes, you’ve done well enough to stay again, you’ve stabilised what we’re doing and we’re on that journey still to where we want to get to’.
"Or: ‘We’re now further away than we were before, you’ve regressed, thank you very much, see you later’."