Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been warned pressure on his job will increase if the club continue to sign players of the calibre of Raphael Varane. United have already agreed to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £73million. Sancho had his medical last week and an official announcement is expected shortly.
Varane is the next top target, with the Real Madrid star having entered the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu.
The Frenchman has won four Champions League winners medals during his time with Los Blancos, as well as the World Cup with his country in 2018.
United, meanwhile, haven’t won a trophy in over four years and have no silverware under Solskjaer to date.
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Solsjkaer will know the pressure is on him to succeed in the upcoming season.
“That [Europa League] final was disappointing, they should be beating [Villarreal] really.
“I was disappointed that Arsenal didn’t beat them, probably at the time Manchester United were a better team.
“So that was a really disappointing end to the season. But they got into the Champions League, which is very important.
“Now, it’s about winning trophies and he has been backed, he can’t complain about not spending money because they have.
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“But you’ve got to deliver as a manager and if you don’t, in the Premier League you’ve seen it so many times, you don’t get a chance.
“We’ve seen [Jose] Mourinho get sacked before a cup final at Spurs. So it’s all about results and it’s all about winning trophies.
“I think Ole knows that and if they don’t do that and they don’t deliver, they’ll be looking for another manager.”
Parlour does believe the arrival of Varane should give United a better chance of ending their wait for a Premier League title.
“Well certainly Varane is a top quality player, I was really impressed with him during the Euros, he’s an excellent defender, so that will be a great signing for Manchester United,” Parlour added.
“I think that [Harry] Maguire and [John] Stones were a very good partnership during the Euros and I can imagine Maguire and Varane will be a decent partnership.
“If you’ve got a good defence you’ve always got a chance, and with the attacking players they’ve got, and with Sancho coming in, it will give them a much better chance of getting closer and challenging for that title.”