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Liverpool Legend Believes Man Utd Did Not Need Jadon Sancho

Mudeet Arora
Manchester United signed their long term target Jadon Sancho this summer
Manchester United signed their long term target Jadon Sancho this summer / Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes is certain that the additions of Jadon Sancho and even Raphael Varane will not solve Manchester United's consistency issues.

The Red Devils did show inconsistency in the last season with results ranging from a 9-0 win over Southampton to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford to Sheffield United.

United went ahead and signed Jadon Sancho and have almost brought in Raphael Varane this summer and while these look like two big signings, Barnes is not sure these two will transform the Red Devils' fortunes.

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

"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 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. People need to stop asking questions of 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 was brought in to address United's long-standing right-wing problem but Barnes insists the Red Devils should have gone for Harry Kane.

Jadon Sancho, Manchester United
Jadon Sancho became a Manchester United player this summer / Getty images

"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.", Barnes concluded.