Maguire and Varane would be ‘world class’ for Man Utd but not as good as Liverpool pair due to fatal flaw, says O’Hara

JAMIE O'HARA believes Liverpool's centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez would be better than Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

Manchester United are understood to have agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid to bring French defender Varane to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to find a suitable partner for England international Maguire with Victor Lindelof guilty of inconsistent performances.

And while United fans are purring over the potential arrival of the 2018 World Cup winner, O'Hara has expressed concern over the 28-year-old.

The former Tottenham midfielder has stated that while Maguire and Varane would form a world class partnership, they could be exposed by pace.

He told talkSPORT: "My question would be, why is he leaving Real Madrid?

“Everyone’s making out he’s the best centre-half in the world, so why is he leaving Real Madrid?

“They need a centre-half and if they did get him, it improves the team massively.

“It would be a top signing and it was a position they definitely needed to improve.

"It’s world class, Varane and Maguire. But I’d worry a little bit potentially for pace. I saw Varane get torn apart by Chelsea in the Champions League.


“Pace would be something that teams would try and exploit against them two.”

Before adding: "You look at Liverpool, when Van Dijk and Gomez are fit, they’ve got pace to get them out of trouble."

And O'Hara has also taken aim at Arsenal over their pursuit of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The 34-year-old criticised their decision to sell Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last year, despite the Argentine ace unwilling to compete with Bernd Leno for the No1 shirt.

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