An interview with former Manchester United defender Paul Parker was interesting, to say the least. Parker had many interesting comments to make about United’s proceedings in the transfer market. According to the former United defender, three more signings are still needed for United to even challenge for the top four. Parker implied that United, regardless of signings, is still comfortably the sixth best team in the Premier League, and they supposedly have a lot of work to do to return to the top four. Parker thinks United is light up top, at the back and in midfield, where numbers are good but United is apparently short on quality. Paul Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, said:
“They still need a centre forward and a centre-half and another midfield player. Manchester United aren’t finished yet; they can’t be because that present squad just isn’t going to win the league and Mourinho is all about winning the league.”
Parker believed that United’s performance against Bournemouth was not enough to suggest they could make the top four at all, especially considering the potential improvements Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea have made and will make.
“Would you say United can even finish top four after what we saw in the Bournemouth game? I’d have to say not really. Liverpool look good and Arsenal will improve. Tottenham and Chelsea are hard to break down and will be in there. So United have some work to do between now and the end of August to bring in at least three players to guarantee a Champions League spot and maybe win the league.”
While United seemed to have the best window of all the top teams, Parker doesn’t necessarily believe in the signings that have arrived at Old Trafford so far this summer. While his comments seem a little bit cynical, it is hard to ignore some of the excellent business done at major rivals Liverpool and Manchester City this summer- Georginio Wijnaldum has looked a player since the World Cup, while Sadio Mane has almost 40 combined assists and goals in his first two seasons in the Premier League. Parker believes the likes of Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs and Ronald Koeman at Southampton and Everton are the types of managers who look for players who will perform because of their will to play for United.
“It’s not about signing big players. It’s about finding them like Pochettino does and Koeman does. Look at all those players they have signed who aren’t big players but can do a job. Look at Dier at Tottenham or Wanyama when he went to Southampton. You don’t have to spend a load of money. Chelsea have spent thirty million on Kante. A year ago he was playing in the French second division. It’s finding someone who is hungry and willing to do those jobs. That’s what Manchester United are missing out on every time.”
The idea of finding players who will be able to fill the holes at United, should there be holes, is definitely one worth considering, but I also believe that United’s squad is already very large and further additions would hinder youth opportunities to plan for the future. Parker’s quotes, though, definitely point to potential youth additions to the first team squad. It is definitely worth searching up Parker’s comments on United’s chances this season, and about the likes of Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney, because there is something to take from them.