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Liverpool Great Says Manchester United Don't Need Jadon Sancho And Raphael Varane

Former Liverpool and England winger, John Barnes believes that the additions of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho will not solve Manchester United's consistency problems.

United have struggled to secure consistent results at times, winning just two of their first six league games last season and winning just two out of eight league games after going top of the table in January — with a 9-0 win over Southampton mixed in with a 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United.

In a bid to transform their fortunes and turn themselves back into genuine Premier League title contenders this term, the Reds have already wrapped up the £73m addition of England international Sancho, as well as being on the cusp of landing Varane from Real Madrid.

Despite making two massive statements of intent with the additions of those two, Barnes is not convinced they will completely transform United's troubles, suggesting that when the team fails to deliver it will be manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who faces the blame.

Barnes told "The harmony, consistency, and balance is where Manchester United has faltered.

"They've played well against the big teams but they’ve been inconsistent and I think that will still be an issue for the next year because the pressure is not on the team, it’s always on the manager.

"Once you have a situation whereby the pressure's on the manager, now and again the team won't perform and people will then blame the manager. Unfortunately for Ole, that will still be the case.

"Player for player, they've got a great team. I'm not talking about harmony within the camp, although depending on what happens with [Paul] Pogba and a few others may be the harmony won’t be there. It’s more to do with the pressure that the team is under to perform.

"Once you start putting the manager under pressure - Arsene Wenger went through it, lots of Liverpool managers went through it - you’ll see the inconsistency. People need to stop asking questions about Ole and whether he’s the right man for the job.

"Unfortunately that is going to be the situation and will continue to be the situation."

Sancho's arrival at Old Trafford has brought an end to United's long-term search for a new right-winger, but Barnes does not believe United picked the wrong target.

Barnes insisted that United should have gone after Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane instead.

"Sancho’s a great player and it’s good to have a young English player for the future. But I don’t think it’s a position they needed to strengthen," he said.

"Is he going to play instead of [Marcus] Rashford or [Mason] Greenwood? Harry Kane to United would probably have made more sense than anything else but he's not going there.

"They needed a defensive midfielder or a defender and Varane is a good signing. Alongside [Harry] Maguire, they will look much more secure than they have in the past."




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