Solskjaer 'excited' to work with new Man Utd signing Varane
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Manchester United now believe they’ve struck transfer gold with Raphael Varane. The France international has moved to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, 10 years after Sir Alex Ferguson first tried to snap him up. And four players have led the Red Devils to this decision, having toiled ever since the Scot’s departure.
Manchester United unveiled Varane shortly before their stirring 5-1 win over Leeds.
The France international was given a shirt in front of a raucous Old Trafford, with supporters cheering his name.
Afterwards, Varane admitted he had chosen to play for the Red Devils because they’re one of the biggest clubs in the country.
“Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football,” he said.
“And the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.
“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.
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“Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.
“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”
But why have United signed Varane?
Well, Harry Maguire aside, every defender the Red Devils have signed since Ferguson’s retirement have failed to work out.
In 2014, Louis van Gaal decided to bring both Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind to the club.
Rojo had attracted interest after shining for Sporting Lisbon, while also catching the eye with his performances for Argentina at the World Cup.
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And Blind was signed because of his versatility, with the Netherlands international capable of playing at centre-back, left-back and in midfield.
Neither, however, worked out.
Rojo battled for consistency and, only during a brief spell under Jose Mourinho, did he ever look like he was good enough.
Blind flourished at centre-back under Van Gaal – but mainly because United were insipid in attack, therefore focusing on being defensive instead.
The fact neither player is still at Old Trafford speaks volumes, with Mourinho selling Blind and Solskjaer offloading Rojo.
Then, that brings us to Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
Mourinho signed Bailly in his first summer in charge, with the Ivorian then enjoying a positive first campaign at Old Trafford.
However, injuries have seen him regress – with the stalwart now the club’s fourth-choice centre-back.
Regarding Lindelof, there’s no denying he can be a good asset.
The Sweden international was terrific against Leeds on Saturday but, throughout his time at the club, has blown hot and cold.
Harry Maguire is a regular for United and, now, he’ll have Varane as his new defensive partner in crime.
And the Red Devils are hoping the France international can be a huge hit in ways Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo and Blind haven’t been.
Solskjaer, certainly, is excited about the arrival of the 2018 World Cup winner.
“I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years,” he said.
“Raphaël is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is.
“We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skill set and leadership to that group.
“He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.
“He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can’t wait to welcome him into the squad.”
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