Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has blasted the club’s back-line after yesterday’s capitulation – and says in his opinion, some of the players on the pitch yesterday don’t deserve to play for the club again.
United’s defeat at home to Spurs was humiliating; six goals conceded for only the third time in Premier League history, and another dark day in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
“Yesterday wasn’t a blip,” he said, exclusively on this week’s Talking Devils podcast. “Since 2013 there have been some bad moments. Some seriously bad moments. We’ve seen some terrible football. But yesterday was the first time I’ve looked at the Manchester United team and thought for the ten outfield players that none of them deserved to wear the shirt. And [some of them] don’t deserve to play again. The problem is that the others who come in are of a similar standard and that just about sums everything up. The standards are poor off the field and on the field.
“They were playing out from the back and the players aren’t good enough. They’re at Manchester United, they’re supposed to be elite, but they’re trying it because it’s the new trend. They can’t do it.”
Parker says that although the job appears as if it might be too big for Solskjaer, he hasn’t had the backing he deserved for qualifying for the Champions League.
“Ole has got the club back to where they wanted to be and hasn’t had the thanks he maybe expected,” he says. “Everything’s been a fight. Everyone’s talking about Jadon Sancho but they need defenders urgently.”
Two players singled out for particular criticism were Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire. Parker describes Shaw as ‘the invisible man’, and criticised his poor positioning as well as the late challenge for which he should have been dismissed.
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