Paul Parker has delivered his verdict on Manchester United’s reported transfer targets at right-back who could fill the attacking void left by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
With the January window looming, United have been linked with the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Norwich City’s Max Aarons.
The Red Devils are reportedly keen on recruiting a more forward-thinking right-back amid concerns over Wan-Bissaka’s progress at Old Trafford.
United have charged up to second place in the table having won seven of their last nine Premier League games and will go level on points with league leaders Liverpool if they win their game in hand.
But to keep the pressure on the Reds, Parker believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must strengthen his squad.
The former Red Devils full-back admitted that Trippier could offer the attacking prowess that Wan-Bissaka is lacking.
‘If they want to maintain their title challenge then the squad they have is not good enough,’ Parker told Eurosport.
‘I’m a fan of Kieran Trippier at Atletico Madrid, because he’s become a better defender there. If you can’t defend well then Diego Simeone will not pick you in defence.
‘He’s become more disciplined playing for Simeone, and is exactly the type of player that United need for their current weaknesses.
‘He’s a player of real stature on the right-hand side, who can offer plenty in attack.
‘That’s not really on offer from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
‘However, I wonder if Trippier actually wants to leave Spain. I don’t see why he would want to swap Madrid for Manchester, unless his family aren’t enjoying it.
‘Even though he’s 30, he might still get one more big move as people are prepared to gamble on his experience, but I wouldn’t rush back from a side like Atletico – he might regret having to start again at that age.’
Parker feels the marauding 20-year-old full-back has explosive potential, but may be too young.
‘Max Aarons is also a decent option,’ he added. ‘For Norwich he bombed up-and-down a lot in the Premier League, and while they conceded a lot of goals, it certainly wasn’t all down to him.
‘I am not sure if at his age he is the right one to sign, but I’ve liked what I have seen of him, more so in the first half of last season. He wanted to attack, cover ground, and was tenacious.’