Man Utd need to accept they can’t land world-class transfers and develop what they have in Rashford,
MANCHESTER UNITED should accept they will miss out on attracting world class players and focus on the talent they already have.
That's the opinion of former Liverpool and England ace John Barnes, who believes the club's main aim should be improving the "harmony" within the squad.
Bruno Fernandeswas signed for what already appears to be a snip at £55million in January, with the player already re-energising the midfield.
But doubts remain as to whether Paul Pogba will be at the club next season. Real Madrid and former club Juventus are believed to be keen on him.
United have been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sanch, Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leicester ace James Maddison.
But Barnes, who won 79 caps for England, believes the focus should be on working with what they've got.
Of course the coronavirus pandemic will see football clubs all over Europe making substantial cuts.
And he has highlighted some poor transfer dealings of his old club Liverpool as to why it could be best.
Speaking to Bonus Code Bets, the 56-year-old said: “With United, it is not about the number of players that they need to purchase, it is more about the quality of the players that they can bring in.
"For example, 10 years ago, Liverpool signed a load of players, but none of them made the Liverpool side any stronger, and they weren’t good purchases for the long-term future of the club.
"Clubs will now resist the urge to just make signings just because they want to make signings, as in the long run, they won’t improve the team.
"At the current stage that United are in, they aren’t in the position to make the quality of signings they want, because those players won’t want to go there.
"They need to focus more on the players that they currently have and work on improving them.
"They have some good players, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, but they need to make sure the harmony within the club and the team are right.
"I can say that United need to sign four world-class players, but they won’t get that, not with the club in its current position.
"They need the harmony to align within the team which it hasn’t yet, this is what happened at Liverpool.”
Another player United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer brought in before the January transfer window slammed shut was striker Odion Ighalo.
But Barnes doesn't think the Nigerian represents value for money in tricky times for football during the pandemic.
He added: “When you think about Odion Ighalo, a proven goal scorer and has experience in the Premier League, then £20m is very good value in this market.
"However, if you are looking at the current situation with coronavirus and the transfer market, with a player who won’t necessarily start every game, he is not worth the money."