“Solskjaer push their luck and Man Utd need Trippier” – Parker also puts Aarons in the transfer window

The former Red Devils second defender believes that defensive additions are needed for a team that has managed to get results to find consistency

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing his luck at Manchester United, despite leading them to second place and having to bring in a straight defender, such as Kieran Trippier or Max Aarons, says Paul Parker.

The Red Devils have taken a useful habit of getting results this season and are now the closest challengers to defending champions Liverpool in the Premier League title.

A team that has been eight years since it last lifted the top English crown dares to dream that a barren race on that front could end in 2021.

Parker admits that United are involved, but feels that luck has sometimes favored them and that their vulnerability has been exposed when faced with rivals of similar stature and ambition.

The former Red Devils defender said Eurosport: “There are seven or eight teams involved in the title race.

“It’s great because there hasn’t been such a thing since the early days of the Premier League, when it was really in play. It’s like the old football leagues.

“The inconsistency and struggles of the campaign allowed us to identify the mentally strong teams and exposed the mentally weak.

“However, this does not mean that United are necessarily psychologically resistant. They fail to do their job properly, despite their return.

“When you’re away from home, when there’s a crowd, you have to make sure your home fans don’t get a lift. You do not want the opposition to receive the first free kick or corner, let alone the first goal. This should be the same task even without fans.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to know that his time is running out in these situations. When they went back against Leipzig, it was against a better team that could control the situation. And when they faced Leicester City, one of the best teams in the league, they lost their advantage – twice ”.

Parker believes the backlog should give United the biggest concern, with the January transfer window set to give Solskjaer the chance to find an upgrade to Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right.

The former England international added: “If they want to maintain their title challenge, the team they have is not good enough.

“I am a fan of Kieran Trippier at Atletico Madrid, because he became a better defender there. If you can’t defend yourself well, Diego Simeone won’t choose you in defense. He has become more disciplined playing for Simeone and is exactly the type of player United needs for their current weaknesses.

“He is a player with a real stature on the right side, who can offer a lot in attack. This is not really offered by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, I wonder if Trippier actually wants to leave Spain. I don’t see why he would want to change Madrid for Manchester, if his family doesn’t enjoy it.

“Even if he is 30 years old, he may still make an important move, because people are ready to bet on his experience, but I would not rush to return from a side like Atletico – he might regret that he has to start again at that age.

“Max Aarons is also a decent option. For Norwich, he bombed a lot up and down in the Premier League and, although they conceded a lot of goals, it certainly didn’t stay with him.

“I’m not sure if he’s his age [20] he’s the right one to sign, but I liked what I saw about him more in the first half of last season. He wanted to attack, to cover the ground and he was tenacious. “

United, who kept a clean sheet when they eliminated the Wolves 1-0 in their last outing, will take the first game of the new year when they host Aston Villa on Friday.