That’s the view of Ray Parlour, who thinks Solskjaer has no excuses after being well backed by the Manchester United board this summer.
Varane is one of the most experienced centre-halves on the planet, having won the World Cup, four Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles, and is set to slot in along Harry Maguire at the heart of the United defence.
A fee has been agreed with Real Madrid to bring him to the Premier League and Parlour thinks the transfer could galvanise United.
However, he thinks his arrival – combined with the signing of Jadon Sancho – puts Solskjaer under genuine pressure to produce a title challenge this season.
‘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.’
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