Liverpool legend John Barnes has warned Manchester United that their £114million double swoop for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane won’t solve their biggest issue this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he wanted new arrivals to boost his starting XI and after confirming the £73m signing of Sancho, a £41m deal was agreed in principle to sign Real Madrid centre-back Varane.

That transfer has yet to be officially announced, but it marks the Red Devils’ ambition to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City.

United finished last term 12 points behind their local rivals, despite leading the race after the turn of the year.

John Barnes has questioned Manchester United's early summer transfer business (


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Barnes believes United’s main problem is a lack of consistency within the squad, something their two new arrivals won’t help with in his opinion.

"The harmony, consistency and balance is where Manchester United have faltered,” Barnes told

“They’ve played well against the big teams but they’ve been inconsistent and I think that will still be an issue for them 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.”

He continued: “Player for player, they’ve got a great team. I’m not talking about harmony within the camp, although depending on what happens with Pogba and a few others maybe 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 inconsistency.”

Barnes claims Jadon Sancho wasn't a necessary signing giving the strength in his position (


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Sancho will join an attacking department that already includes the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood and Barnes questions whether it was an area United genuinely needed to bolster.

"Sancho’s a great player and it’s good to have a young English player for the future,” Barnes explained.

“But I don’t think it’s a position they needed to strengthen. Is he going to play instead of Rashford or 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 Maguire, they will look much more secure than they have in the past."

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