Adding quality on the right flank and at centre-back were two of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key problems to solve this summer, and the Glazers have backed the manager with key signings and a new contract – but the pressure will be on the deliver this season.
Former Liverpool defender Souness believes that United are still short of a squad capable of challenging City and Chelsea for the title given their lack of a regular goalscorer, and would have to pay a ‘premium’ to land that level of player.
“If Manchester United have finished their transfer business with the signings of Jadon Sancho for £73 million from Borussia Dortmund and Raphaël Varane for an initial £34 million from Real Madrid, then that is not enough investment for them to win the trophies this season that a club of their magnitude should be aiming for: the Premier League and Champions League,” Souness wrote in The Sunday Times.
“The signing required to catapult them into title-winning contention with Manchester City and Chelsea is a striker who guarantees 30 goals a season.
“There are few of them around and you will pay a premium if you are a Premier League club and another premium on top of that if you are one of the big boys.”
Sancho and Varane were not included in Solskjaer’s squad as United wrapped up their pre-season with a 4-0 rout of Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot.
Following the game, Solskjaer said of Sancho and Varane: “The medical with Raphael [still] has to be done. He’s isolating at the moment.
“He had to wait for visas, so unfortunately that took a few more days than expected but we’re going to follow the protocols and the rules, so it’s taken a few more days than we hoped for.
“Jadon is in for Monday and hopefully then he’s in decent nick and can be involved [against Leeds].”