Robbie Fowler has mocked Gary Neville for suggesting that Manchester United should look to bring in Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
Man Utd are set to appoint a new permanent manager this summer.
Ralf Rangnick has been at the helm since December but he is due to take up a consultancy role behind the scenes ahead of next season.
The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have been linked with the United job in recent months.
This campaign has been a poor one for Man Utd. Last week they were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.
Fowler is of the belief that Man Utd’s supporters “wouldn’t put up with” Simeone’s style of play:
“I laughed this week when I heard Gary Neville shouting that his former club should make Diego Simeone their next manager,” Fowler wrote for the Mirror.
“Honestly, come on! I’m not saying he’s anti-football, but some of the antics his team get up to, some of the horrible stuff they do, and the tactics they pursue. Not at Manchester United.
“The fans would be calling it out within weeks, and even if he actually won things with it, they wouldn’t put up with it for long.
“United have a certain expectation about how they should be playing, which was laid down by Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. Simeone doesn’t fit with that.
“He doesn’t fit with anyone who loves football, he essentially exists to stop opponents playing football. Which no one should welcome. And that’s what I mean by identity.
“It’s not enough to be simply winning – even if it helps, obviously. Jose Mourinho found that out at Old Trafford. Clubs need a fit with a manager, as well as a winning team, and his philosophy didn’t fit.”
Fowler went onto call for Man Utd to appoint Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi:
“I have a shout for United. Simone Inzaghi, the younger brother of Filippo.
“You can see with Inter he has taken them on beyond the dour football of Antonio Conte, despite the club having financial problems.
“They are in contention for the title, performed well – and I think above their level – against Liverpool in the Champions League, and all with budget constraints.
“Before that he was at Lazio, where he won three trophies and was hugely popular with the fans. Would it be a gamble? Of course.
“But United need someone with an ability to build something now, not simply a big name.”