By FOX SPORTS staff
Despite his team's nine point lead at the top of the Premier League table, Wayne Rooney has quelled talk of Manchester United having one hand on the cup.
Defending champions Manchester City will be hoping for Sir Alex Ferguson's men to slip up this weekend against Everton, but Parker told ManUtd.com that the Red Devils' neighbours have more than enough to worry about on their plate.
"Nine points is a big gap at the moment and everything suggests City should not be able to catch up, anything can happen as the old saying goes but City, in my opinion, haven't really evolved as champions in the sense that you have to show something different in the following season," he elaborated.
"When we lost the league in 1992, Dion Dublin came in so we could go more direct if we were in trouble but the most important thing was, from November, the boss added Eric Cantona so we could play in a different way with a different dimension in the final third. It opened the door for us and mostly the same players from the previous season were finding the ball in front of them more."
"We won that first title and then Sir Alex made a bigger signing, definitely in terms of price, with Roy Keane in 1993. Roy was a different player and added a new dimension but, this time, in the centre of the park. He was just as effective tracking back in the defending third as he was going forward. It’s a case of lifting the players with something different and City didn’t do that."
Pointing out how Roberto Mancini's men have struggled to carve out results against some of the smaller teams despite possessing quality players, the Englishman encouraged City to be more prudent in their buys.
"Coaches are getting wiser and wiser tactically and you have to find something different or even a lesser side will stop you scoring. City have found it difficult to break teams down in virtually every game they’ve played and it has become a battle for them. But it’s got to be the right character that comes in – Mario Balotelli was clearly a negative influence – and you can’t keep buying in bulk," Parker stated.
"It doesn’t work and has never worked. Look at Mark Hughes at QPR. United may not appear to have City's spending power but what they do have is players who know each other inside out and a manager who knows how to get the best out of them on the pitch."
The former defender also believed that Ferguson's emphasis on staying hungry was the key behind United's prolonged success.
"It may not be that easy to win the league once and you gain respect for it but, for everybody to take you seriously, you have to retain it. I was fortunate enough to play for United when we won the league and, at the start of pre-season, the manager warned us all that we had not done anything at all because we’d only just scratched the surface," Parker explained.
"It’ll be said a thousand times to other players after me that it’s never enough to win a league title medal at Manchester United. It doesn’t suddenly make you a United great. Sir Alex isn’t interested in players who think like that and, if he senses that anybody is happy with picking up one medal and believing they have cracked it, they will generally find they are gone in the following season."