Dietmar Hamann believes Manchester United are still ‘lagging behind’ Manchester City and Liverpool, despite their upturn in form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ has overseen a run of just one defeat from 17 games since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December.
Turning around a two-goal deficit against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night surely means Solskjaer will get the job full-time, with Gary Neville leading the calls.
Despite the incredible Champions League turnaround and the vast improvements in several players, Hamann believes United still have a long way to go to catch former sides City or Liverpool.
He told The Racing Post the 46-year-old needs to delve into the transfer market in the summer to close the chasm at the top of the Premier League.
“I’d be cautious about forecasting too much,” Hamann said. “First he’s got to get the job. If he does I would still suggest they are lagging behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
“He’s got one or two high earners, notably Alexis Sanchez, to get off the payroll and we need to see how he approaches the transfer market.
“What he’s done is fantastic but United have ridden their luck several times and people should be wary of getting carried away.”
Many of Solskjaer’s best results as United boss have come away from Old Trafford, with notable victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal closely following the PSG victory.
And on Sunday, the Norwegian has the chance to beat the Gunners in the Premier League on their own turf – match former Germany midfielder Hamann believes will end with the Red Devils leaving London with another three points.
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He added: “I’ll go with the form team and say United – they will be full of beans.
“How they got past PSG in the Champions League I’ll never know, but they did and they deserve great credit for it.
“Heaven knows what this group is capable of but when things are going well for you at a club like Manchester United you feel unstoppable – and that spells danger for Arsenal who are next in the firing line.”