Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be under more pressure to win silverware for Manchester United following the signing of Raphael Varane.
That’s according to Arsenal great Ray Parlour, who believes the centre-back is a great signing for the club but will leave Solskjaer with few excuses if he fails to win a trophy this season.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a trophy-laden decade in Madrid but is now set to move to Manchester after declining multiple offers to extend his contract in the Spanish capital.
United have agreed a final fee of just under €50million for Varane, which is comprised of add-ons, and all that remains is for the Frenchman to quarantine upon arrival, undergo a medical and sign paperwork.
Parlour thinks the signing puts United in a good position but also increases the pressure on Solskjaer.
“Most Manchester United fans will be very excited about Varane coming in,” he told TalkSport.
“They’ve always looked for someone alongside Harry Maguire going forward. If they can get someone of his experience, 79 caps for France, he’s been there done it, he’s played in big, big games. World Cup winner. So I think that’s an excellent signing.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surely can’t complain that he hasn’t been backed. Signing Sancho and now you’ve got Varane coming into the club.
“There’s a little more pressure on you as a manager but it certainly it gives them a good stead.”
With United’s transfer business so far, Parlous believes the forthcoming season is looking set to be a really competitive affair.
“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,” he added.
“Man City are the team to beat but I’m expecting big things from Liverpool again. They had a poor season but they had so many injuries, no one would have thought that Jordan Henderson would play half the season playing centre-half with Fabinho alongside him, and they will bring in signings as well.
“Chelsea’s interesting to see what they do, whether they can challenge, but it’s warming up to be a fantastic next season.”
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