Former defender Paul Parker has urged Manchester United to offload Harry Maguire and continue with Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane.
The 28-year-old joined the Old Trafford outfit back in 2019 from Leicester City for a fee of around £80 million. After displaying decent performance in the first two seasons, the defender has struggled to showcase his best in this campaign.
Speaking on Express, Parker stated that Manchester United should consider selling Harry Maguire if the club want to recoup the huge transfer fee that they paid a couple of years ago.
The former United star further claimed that Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane are the centre-back partnership that the Red Devils should continue with, given they are better defensively and quicker than the Englishman. Parker said:
“If United, in my opinion, were to get somewhere near to their money back on Harry Maguire, I think they’ll have to think about it. I think [Victor] Lindelof and [Raphael] Varane, you know, they could build something on there maybe, in a mode of what they’re looking for and where the club wants to be.
“You’re talking about players who are definitely more agile, a little bit quicker, better defenders in one against one situations and I think you have to look at it that way. I don’t know if it’s going to happen. Me, personally, for United to go forward, that’s the starting area.”
Harry Maguire started his career brilliantly at Manchester United and established himself as an integral part of the first-team berth under the previous regime. However, the defender has struggled to showcase his best since the start of this campaign.
Victor Lindelof is displaying great performance in recent games and therefore, the Swedish should start ahead of the England International alongside Raphael Varane.
Manchester United paid enormous money for the 28-year-old and it would be extremely difficult to find a suitor who will play a similar amount for the Englishman. So, the Old Trafford outfit might have to continue with the former Leicester man.
Meanwhile, after a disappointing draw against Watford last week, Ralf Rangnick’s side will have to encounter city rival Manchester City next in the Premier League on Sunday. The German boss will have to find a positive result from this encounter in order to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the Champions League.