Paul Parker urges Manchester United to sign Nathan Ake to help David de Gea get back to his best

AFC Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake
Ake signed for Bournemouth from Chelsea in 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)

 

Paul Parker believes Manchester United should sign Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake in an attempt to help David de Gea get back to his best form.

The Spaniard has been criticised for a number of high-profile errors leading to goals this season, including getting beaten at his near post by Steven Bergwijn’s strike in United’s 1-1 draw away at Spurs last week.

Dean Henderson’s exceptional performances at Sheffield United have led to calls for the on-loan stopper to replace De Gea as No.1.

However, former Red Devils full-back Parker feels that the 29-year-old’s time at the club is not over and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should buy Nathan Ake to improve the defence and give the keeper a helping hand.

‘David de Gea is certainly not finished at Manchester United,’ Parker told Eurosport.

‘The Spaniard was once the best in the world, and has done so much for the side.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
De Gea has made several high-profile errors this season (Picture: Getty Images)

 

‘He helped United reach the Europa League final, saving them on countless occasions. He got them into the Champions League and won them league titles.

‘He has made mistakes, but being a goalkeeper their errors will stand out more than they will compared to other players.

‘Look at the mistake against Tottenham Hotspur. It was not De Gea who I’ve noticed as being especially poor in defence. The Steven Bergwign shot came about because of two other players.

‘I’ve seen Luke Shaw head the ball three times and every time it has been a disgrace, less about doing his job more about protecting his hairstyle.

‘The header against Spurs was a ridiculous effort. Then Harry Maguire showed abysmal defending, showing his man inside to take a shot on goal.

‘He was given the space to take a shot early with a short backlift. Of course, De Gea then should have done better, but so should have Maguire, so should have Shaw.‘

It wouldn’t surprise if De Gea is on edge because he does not trust his back four. When you trust your defence, you play much better.

‘I think that United needs to make changes in the transfer window. Harry Maguire should not be on the left on the central defence. He should be on the right where he is more comfortable.

‘I’d drop Victor Lindelof and bring in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth. Chelsea don’t seem to want him, so now is the time to make a move. He has proven that he is a good defender in a poor team. He’s comfortable on the ball.

‘Being left-footed, he would bring the ball forward better than Maguire does from that side, which is needed because Luke Shaw isn’t good enough in attack either. Ake would balance the whole side.

‘Every player has a blip, and it’s up to the manager to coach De Gea, to sort him out and stick him out. He can’t just throw him out. De Gea knows he needs to justify his contract, and the club can’t afford to stick his £300,000-a-week wages on the bench.’

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