Manchester United have announced the signings of Raphael Varane to solidify their backline. The Frenchman’s signing has also been approved by club captain Harry Maguire. The England international has also warned everyone to not take their positions for granted.
Varane will most likely partner Maguire in the heart of the defence. The former Leicester City man feels that Varane’s addition to the team will only raise the level of the team.
“To bring players into this club, obviously of his calibre as well, it’s going to be really, really exciting,” said Maguire after the 5-1 win over Leeds.
“Everyone in the squad is obviously looking forward to working with him. I think one thing that it does is it boosts our defensive options.
“We’ve got an amazing number of centre-backs now at this club, all international players who are all proven in the Premier League. You’ve seen again how well Victor played [against Leeds].”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also believes that Varane’s addition will solidify the backline, which has been an area of concern for the Red Devils in the last couple of seasons. The Norwegian tactician also claims that the French will bring a winning mentality to this team. Varane has won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid and has also won the World Cup with France in 2018.
“I think you’ve seen what he’s won over his career. He’s played in some of the top teams about – the French squad and the Real Madrid team – and he’s won absolutely everything,” Maguire added.
“I think he’ll bring that winning mentality to the club and he’ll also bring his footballing ability to the club. Like I said, bringing players in is great for the squad. It lifts the squad, it’s great for the competition for the squad – not just as a centre-back but just in any position.
United have started the new Premier League season really well with a 4-1 win over Leeds United. With Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane joining this team, they will only get better. The Red Devils are genuine title contenders for this season.