‘Someone with a point to prove’ – Paul Parker backs Adrien Rabiot move and compares midfielder to Man Utd legend Eric Cantona

    Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot
    United have agreed a fee to sign Rabiot from Juventus (Picture: Getty)

    Paul Parker has urged Manchester United to complete the signing of Adrien Rabiot, believing the Frenchman can be moulded into a ‘maverick’ in the same way Eric Cantona was under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    United are in talks to sign the Juventus midfielder having agreed a fee with the Serie A giants worth an initial £15million.

    The club’s attempts to sign the France international have been met with a mixed response from United supporters, who have been left frustrated by United’s seemingly doomed pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

    Rabiot’s history has also prompted concern, having endured a very acrimonious departure from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 with his mother and agent Veronique clashing with former managers and families of teammates over the years.

    Former United defender Parker however believes the 27-year-old deserves a fresh chance to prove himself.

    ‘Everyone is throwing up a wall of hate against him at the moment because everyone is looking at his history,’ Parker told futfanatico.com.

    ‘They need something different. They need somebody who’s got a point to prove.

    Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona
    Cantona ‘found a home’ under Ferguson at Old Trafford (Picture: ALLSPORT)

    ‘I think, if you would have looked at the same things in 1992 when Eric Cantona come to Manchester United. The only thing he was living off was the season with Leeds and winning the league and winning Championship; the last league Championship and beating Manchester United to that title as well. That’s all Eric had in his locker.

    ‘So Manchester United fans could have been saying that about him then.’

    Parker compared Rabiot’s situation to that of his former United teammate Cantona, who clashed repeatedly with teammates and managers in France before finally settling in Manchester, where he grew into a club legend.

    While he was still involved in a number of incidents in England, Ferguson was credited with bringing the best out of the fiery Frenchman with Parker hopeful ten Hag can achieve similar results with Rabiot.

    ‘I don’t think you can really judge him straight away. Some people find their home,’ Parker said.

    ‘Eric Cantona found his home. He was a maverick and he found a sheriff in Sir Alex Ferguson, who was willing to leave the jail door open for him.

    ‘And that’s called good management.

    ‘So maybe if he (Rabiot) gets managed right you can get more.’

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