Manchester United icon Paul Parker believes the club’s defeat at Watford could serve as a watershed moment for the club, and feels that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should take the opportunity to make a bold change in his defence.
Although Aaron Wan-Bissaka and David De Gea both made errors in the loss at Vicarage Road, their good form otherwise has only highlighted the poor run of form from Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw.
Both were disappointing again yesterday, and Parker believes that Solskjaer should take this opportunity to bring in Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams to play against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
The defender, who played for United from 1991 to 1996, believes that the anxious form of Lindelof and Shaw has unsettled the new signings in defence and undermined the club’s defensive structure. Wan-Bissaka gave away a penalty and Maguire, keen to impress, often came out of defence and left spaces. But the former United right-back Parker believes
“You’re only as good as the player next to you,” Parker said, exclusively on this week’s WeAreTheBusbyBoys podcast. “If they’re not good enough, you’ll be compensating because they’re not doing their job, and that means you’re not doing yours. There was an old saying that you mark a man and a half. If you can sense something is going to happen you need to help your team-mate out.”
“At this moment in time you’ve got a Swedish international who has played in World Cups and European football and you would think he was the lad who has come from Crystal Palace and is nervous because he’s only had one full season in the Premier League. Does Maguire really believe in Luke Shaw when he had Ben Chilwell next to him? Or in Victor Lindelof when he had Jonny Evans, stable and steady, alongside him?”
“Ole has two big decisions to make over Christmas. One of them is to do with Paul Pogba and the other is to do with two young boys in defence. One of those (Tuanzebe) is still on a high from helping a big club into the top division. And Williams has already proved his point but has now been left out and isn’t playing… Williams has to come in and stay in.”