Manchester United ought to be trying to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic as a fast fix, says Paul Parker, with the Red Devils needing a world-class striker and artistic midfielder from being top-four challengers.
As things stand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s demand is taken into account to be in need of the quality needed to secure Champions League qualification through their final Premier League standing.
An opportunity to bolster the ranks is, however, on the point of occurring.
Various targets square measure being mooted for United, with Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland on the face of it their favored assaultive possibility, however, Parker believes an intimate with Croatian can be a far better work.
Quizzed on whether or not a move for World Cup rival Mandzukic would be, the previous Red Devils defender told categorical Sport: “If you’re talking short-run, yes.
“If you’re talking regarding somebody who’s simply about to come in, we pay attention, be aggressive, and hold the screw up – earn your fouls, instead of the ball returning straight back – then affirmative.
“But you’ve ought to have sensible ball retention still with him.
“He’s fortunate; he’s had an excellent career, compete for a few nice clubs, however, he’s competing with groups which will pass the ball.
“You can’t simply keep pumping them down his throat, that’s not the method, although he’s a giant sturdy physical man.
“So, for me, affirmative [he’d be a decent signing].
“Other folks go ‘no, he’s not Manchester United’. Well, what’s Manchester United at this moment in time? what’s the real Manchester United in 2019? No-one very is aware of.”
Pressed more on what Solskjaer desires from the January transfer window, Parker added: “Everyone has their own opinions, however, I believe everybody is aware of Manchester United do want a center-forward.
“They do want a central midfield player which will produce.
“They want a center-forward, they have a central center player. That’s a minimum of 2 players they very do want at this moment in time.”
Without those additions, and with in progress struggles for consistency taken into consideration, Parker is troubled to ascertain however United – WHO has slipped backtrack to eighth within the table – will rejoin the elite on a domestic stage.
The ex- England international added: “To be talking regarding Manchester United finishing within the high four, I actually don’t see however anyone will assume that may happen at this moment in time.
“If Ole will last till Jan, they’ll perhaps permit him to urge 3 players in, which can all got to be down the spine of the team.
“Then, perhaps they need an opportunity of obtaining that fourth spot. But, aside from that actually I don’t assume there’s an abundant likelihood.”
United are going to be back in action on Boxing Day against Newcastle and former captain Steve Bruce.