Ex-Man Utd man claims he ‘would never want’ £30m Arsenal defender at Old Trafford

Joe Williams
Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney takes a throw-in

Former Man Utd defender Paul Parker has explained why he “would never want” Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney at Old Trafford.

The Gunners spent £25m on bringing the Scotland international to the Emirates Stadium from Celtic in 2019 but he has been plagued by injury issues since joining.

Arsenal moved in the summer transfer window to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City and the Ukraine international has overtaken Tierney as their starting left-back under Mikel Arteta.

And there are now rumours that Tierney – who has made just four Premier League starts this campaign – could leave Arsenal in the next transfer window with Newcastle and Aston Villa linked.

There were rumours before Tierney joined Arsenal that Man Utd were also interested in his services but Parker claims the Red Devils should steer clear of his signature.

Parker told MyBettingSites: “No, no, no, no I would never want Kieran Tierney at Man United. He is always injured. He is not a terrible player but he wouldn’t be an upgrade from Luke Shaw or Tyrell Malacia. Not in a million years.

“He is an old school left-back. He is always going up that line. He is always working in a straight line and is not contributing to the play like Oleksandr Zinchenko or other modern full-backs.

“He is everything that a traditional full-back is but he has not added anything new to his play. He should learn from Zinchenko, who is the best full-back in the league and it’s incredible that Man City did let him go. I don’t get it.”

CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has provided an update on Tierney’s future with French side Monaco a possible destination.

Jacobs told GiveMeSport: “The Newcastle interest is genuine. Left-back is an area Eddie Howe knows he needs to strengthen.

“I am told Tierney ideally wants European football still, which may rule out Aston Villa despite some links.

“And there is interest from Ligue 1, too. Keep an eye on Monaco, especially if Caio Henrique leaves.

“There will be interest in the Brazilian, but I should also point out he only signed a new deal until 2027 last summer.”

And former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton wants to see the Arsenal left-back move to Villa Park in the summer, he told Football Insider: “I would love to see Tierney at Aston Villa. I think he’s a fantastic player that has been really unlucky with how it’s worked out at Arsenal.

“Injuries haven’t helped and Zinchenko has been absolutely flying since arriving in the summer. It’s been very difficult for Tierney.

“I’d like to see him at Villa Park but I can’t see it happening after they spent a lot of money on Moreno. They also have Lucas Digne there, so it’s difficult.

“I think £30million is a fair price, but I see Newcastle more willing to spend than Villa.”

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