Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been backed to sign his own Bryan Robson and Paul Ince. Red Devils legend Paul Parker claims there are similarities between transfer target Sofyan Amrabat and his two former team-mates.
United have been linked with a move for Amrabat for several weeks. They are yet to push through with their interest and make an official offer, with Fiorentina demanding at least £25million for his signature.
Reports from Dutch outlet AD this week claimed Liverpool had moved to the front of the queue for the midfielder’s signature. But Parker has made it clear he would love to see him at Old Trafford instead.
United have also been linked with Everton star Amadou Onana as Ten Hag attempts to add further depth to his midfield. Parker, though, would much prefer to see Amrabat join the Red Devils.
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Parker told InsideSport.in: “I’d go with Amrabat over Onana. Just because of the way he plays, he’s clever. He would have got that midfield ticking a lot better. He would have brought people into it.
“He leads by example. I saw him during the World Cup, saw Morocco live on two occasions and I watched him and he reminds me of an old-fashioned 1980s English midfield player.
“The term we used to use to describe was box-to-box. He never stopped, he was quality, calm and collected in both areas of the park.”
Parker won two Premier League titles with United in the early 1990s. He was a team-mate of Robson and Ince and believes Amrabat has the playing style of both former midfield maestros.
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Parker added: “He’s like Bryan Robson or Paul Ince, without a shadow of a doubt. You couldn’t tell whether they were a defensive or attacking midfielder.
“They did all jobs. Defend, attack, control the ball and pass and move. They never stood still and were the ones screaming to get the ball to them and move quicker. And Amrabat does that.
“He’s done it for Morocco and he’s done it for Fiorentina. I saw him in the Conference League final against West Ham.
“Okay he didn’t win the game but you could see his quality and the difference he makes to them. You wonder why he’s at Fiorentina and not getting an opportunity to play for a bigger club and really test his qualities.”
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