Ian Wright has claimed that the signing of Raphael Varane makes Manchester United a ‘frightening’ proposition this season.
The Red Devils have already laid down a marker for the new campaign following their devastating 5-1 home win over bitter rivals Leeds United last weekend, yet the side is likely to get even stronger in the coming weeks with former Real Madrid man Varane having linked up with the squad this week.
The 28-year-old’s signing was confirmed just prior to kick off against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, with a raucous returning Old Trafford crowd welcoming in their new man in fine fashion.
The Frenchman joins the club off the back of a trophy-laden decade-long stint at the Bernabeu in which he lifted the Champions League on four occasions, while he also played a pivotal part in his nation’s World Cup success in Russia in 2018.
Having been interested in his services prior to his move to the Spanish capital as a teenager, United finally have their man, with Varane set to fix what’s been a problem position alongside Harry Maguire in the backline over recent years.
According to Arsenal legend Ian Wright, United’s capture of Varane is a real coup, signing a player in the ‘prime’ of his career.
“For him to go to Manchester United now, in his prime. It’s a magnificent signing,” he told the Kelly and Wrighty show. “He’s a top player.”
The former England international believes that the addition of Varane means United’s defence is now ‘shored up’ and will alleviate the need for two holding midfielders in front of the back four.
“I still feel that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is still the best defensive right-back in the country. Lindelof can do a good job against Harry Maguire, which he’s done, but you see the stakes.
“Now they’ve got world class next to Harry Maguire and, for me, Luke Shaw is world class. That’s it. It’s shored up.
“Playing two defensive midfielders at home, against the top teams, maybe, but now with Varane, you’ll probably get another offensive midfield player into the team simply because of his pace and the way he can see problems with the space.
“He’ll mark the space and go and try and get into the places where they’ll try and turn and get at someone like Harry Maguire. He’ll snuffle that out.
“We’re talking about a defensive unit now, which matches the front end in respect of quality. It’s frightening.”
Varane could make his Red Devils debut away at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
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Author: Robbie Walls