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“Not the individual’s fault…” – Premier League legend says Man United turmoil has hurt three star signings



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Former Premier League midfielder John Barnes has suggested that turmoil within Manchester United has hindered the progression of some of their star players.

With reports suggesting that the arrival of permanent signings to the club in the January transfer window is unlikely, the possibility that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be forced to turn to this current squad seems all the more certain.

Amongst that current squad are several of the club’s big-money buys from recent years, many of whom have failed to produce an adequate return on investment for the Red Devils.

Players such as Antony, and Jadon Sancho have looked off the pace for the entirety of their time at the club, whilst others like Casemiro, or Raphael Varane have endured spells of uncertainty.

Analysing several of these signings, former Liverpool player John Barnes argued that they remain great players, with issues at the club standing in the way of them hitting their best.

“[Varane and Casemiro] are great players,” He noted, whilst speaking to “So the fact their moves haven’t worked out the way they wanted doesn’t mean they aren’t great players.

“The harmony and the togetherness of the team is still an issue at United. United have to sort out their internal issues. They are all great players, but it just hasn’t worked out. Look at Jadon Sancho. He’s a fantastic player, but it just hasn’t worked out for him.

“It’s not necessarily an individual’s fault whether you’re talking about Varane, Casemiro or Sancho. It’s a question of the uncertainty at the club.”

There has been a great deal of speculation lately concerning the future of each of the three aforementioned players.

Several clubs in Saudi Arabia are believed to hold an interest in both Raphael Varane and Casemiro.

Meanwhile, a return to Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho for the remainder of the 2023/24 season is looking likely at the moment, a potential move that Barnes has labelled, as “great.”