Ex-Man Utd star says Tim Sherwood should replace Van Gaal
Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has bizarrely claimed the Old Trafford giants should consider sacking Louis van Gaal right now.....and replacing him with Tim Sherwood.
Jose Mourinho is the red-hot favourite to succeed Van Gaal at the end of this season, with United officials eager to stand by their manager until his hopes of securing a place in next season's Champions League have evaporated.
Yet not once has anyone suggested former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Sherwood is the answer to United's woes, until now.
"United went from bad to worse this weekend. They certainly don't look like a team about to surge back into form and make a run into the top four of the Premier League," Parker stated in his Eurosport column.
"But bringing in Jose Mourinho. That is absolutely not the answer.
"Mourinho's history in the game tells you all you need to know: he's a man who needs control, and who flounders in situations when he has lost it.
"And that's what happened at Chelsea; with the squad getting away from him, he was unable to turn it round. I suspect the players at United hate the idea of him taking over.
"Frankly, given how unhappy the players are right now, they'd be better off bringing in Tim Sherwood between now and the end of the season.
"Someone to soft soap the players, given them a bit of a cuddle, get them feeling good about themselves once again."
Parker's suggestion is as left-field as they come and while Sherwood would have the confidence to believe he is ready for a club as big as Man Utd, he hardly seems like a natural fit for the role.
The column from Parker went on to suggest Ryan Giggs was not the answer for Man Utd and suggested Fabio Capello could be an option to replace Van Gaal, but most of what he said lost credibility following his nomination of Sherwood as the ideal man to be caretaker Man Utd boss.
This feels like an April Fools' Day joke delivered a few weeks early.