Paul Parker admits he is still not convinced by Manchester United centre-backs Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof and believes ‘there will always be question marks’ over them.
United’s shoddy defending was once again brought into question after their humiliating 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League before the international break.
Since that defeat in Turkey, the Red Devils have won three games on the spin in all competitions and they exacted revenge on Basaksehir with a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
But former United full-back Parker feels that Maguire and Lindelof are not up to par and suggests they look particularly vulnerable when Solskjaer sets up his side to attack.
‘The problem they’ve got is that as attack-minded as they are, there will still always be massive question marks about the centre-halves, because even last night they were on edge,’ Parker told Eurosport.
‘Because they’ve won three on the bounce, that doesn’t say United are back. The way the Premier League is at the moment, no one is on stable ground.
‘It’s about the state of mind that the players go out against Southampton in. If you see Fred and McTominay playing that will give you a picture of how the game might be. Southampton would break that down easier.
‘I don’t think the players feel freer in the Champions League, Solskjaer certainly doesn’t because he knows every game he’s under pressure. United are always walking on a tightrope.’