Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be under pressure to deliver this season amid the impending arrival of Raphael Varane and the signing of Jadon Sancho.
That’s the view of Ray Parlour, who thinks Solskjaer has no excuses after being well backed by the Manchester United board this summer.
“I think most Manchester United fans will be very excited about Varane coming in,” Parlour told TalkSport.
“They’ve always looked to someone going alongside Harry Maguire going forwards.
“If they can get someone of his experience, 79 caps for France – he’s been there and done it, he’s played in big games, World Cup winner. I think that’s an excellent signing.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surely can’t complain that he hasn’t been backed.
“To buy Sancho, now you’ve got Varane coming into your club… it puts a little bit more pressure on you, as a manager.
“But certainly it puts them in good stead. And if I look at some of the back fours of the top teams in the Premier League, Man City have got a great back-four.
“Liverpool when they’ve got their best back-four is superb. That was the big improvement for Man City last year, how John Stones and Ruben Dias really played well together, the way they closed it down and had a really good understanding.
“If Manchester United could get that right as well… Harry Maguire doesn’t miss many games. If he’s fit, he plays. He had a bit of an injury at the end of the season but he played every game before that.
“If you can put him and Varane together, I’m sure they’d be working on a good partnership there. It certainly gives Manchester United a massive upgrade on what they’ve had there before.”