Jose Mourinho told to drop Antonio Valencia in favour of this Man United defender
Paul Parker runs the rule over Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia and Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Paul Parker has urged Jose Mourinho to drop Manchester United favourite Antonio Valencia in favour of Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
The Ecuador international has made a strong start to the season after helping the Red Devils achieve back-to-back Premier League victories.
Valencia was utilised in a full-back role under Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal and Mourinho has decided to stick with the South American in an unorthodox role.
United midfielder Ander Herrera claimed earlier this week that Valencia is now the best right-back in the world alongside Juventus defender Dani Alvies.
However, former Red Devils defender Parker has reservations about Valencia and believes Mourinho should be giving Fosu-Mensah the chance to shine in his side.
“The position United have to worry about is right-back. They have Fosu-Mensah who is absolutely perfect,” said Parker, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“He is a very good defender and in the final third he’s as cool as a cucumber. He never panicked last season and has an arrogance on the ball. He would be a better bet than Valencia who is fine up to a point but doesn’t have a trick. The thing that goes against Fosu-Mensah is that he’s young and Mourinho doesn’t like young players. It’s the same old story and if that’s what is keeping him out of the side that’s a concern.
“For me it doesn’t make any sense to pick Valencia against Bournemouth. He can’t defend and by that I don’t mean he can’t tackle but he doesn’t sense danger and his positional sense is poor.”
United made four signings in the summer transfer window following Mourinho’s appointment as Van Gaal’s successor.
The Red Devils brought in Eric Bailly in a £30m deal from Villarreal before Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 20-time English champions snapped up Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a £30m transfer from Dortmund before United set a world record with their £92m acquisition of Paul Pogba.
Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts that United still need three new players to challenge for the title