‘Massive question marks’ – Paul Parker still not convinced by Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof

Lindelof and Maguire caught a lot of flak at the beginning of the season (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice pairing at the back came under fire at the start of the campaign for their woeful performances in the season-opening loss to Crystal Palace.

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.

Solskjaer has stuck with his defensive pairing (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

‘There’s a good chance Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go back to two holding midfield players, non-creative players in midfield, and then in the Champions League go back to what he did against Istanbul.

‘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.’

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