Pundit uses Liverpool example to identify Man Utd transfer doubt

Date published: Friday 23rd July 2021 9:45 - Joe Williams

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara thinks pace will be a “worry” for Man Utd at the back next season if they sign Raphael Varane.

The Red Devils look set to land the France international this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes it his priority to sign another centre-back to play alongside Harry Maguire next season.

Varane has reportedly agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to join Man Utd but the Premier League club still have to agree a fee with Real Madrid.


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The 28-year-old is keen on a move to Old Trafford as he wants a Premier League experience to add to his Champions League and La Liga titles with Real.

However, O’Hara has questioned Varane’s motives for leaving the Bernabeu this summer, he told talkSPORT: “My question is why’s he leaving Real Madrid at 28 years of age if he is – as everyone has been making out – the best centre-half in the world?

“Well, why’s he leaving Real Madrid? A lot of people say he fell out with the manager and maybe thought it was time to move on.

“But they need a centre-half and if they [Man Utd] did get him, he’d definitely improve the team massively.

“He’d be a top signing for Manchester United and it’s the position they definitely needed to improve.”

Meanwhile, O’Hara has questioned whether a partnership of Maguire and Varane will have enough pace next season.

“I mean it’s top class, isn’t it? World class. I’d worry potentially a bit about pace with them both,” O’Hara added.

“I’ve seen Varane get torn apart a little bit by Chelsea in the Champions League last season.

“Pace I think would be something that teams would try and exploit against them two. If you look at Liverpool, when Van Dijk’s fit and Gomez is fit, they’ve got pace.

“They can get themselves out of trouble. They [Man Utd] will lack in that area, but it’s a brilliant pairing in terms of on the ball and experience, leadership qualities.

“It’s going to be a top signing, they’ll have a decent back four.”

 

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