Man Utd new boy Raphael Varane is a class act and set to make debut against Southampton, says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
MANCHESTER UNITED fans have been promised a player who oozes class as they prepare for Raphael Varane’s Red Devils debut.
The £41million signing from Real Madrid is set to line up alongside captain Harry Maguire in the heart of United’s defence at Southampton on Sunday.
And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t wait to see the French World Cup winner in a Manchester United shirt ten years after they just missed out on his signature.
Solskjaer said: “He’s quick, strong, good in the air, he can play with both feet.
"The short answer is everything about him is what you want.
“The Champions League wins he’s had, the World Cup win, everything about him is class.”
Varane, 28, has been fitting in quickly with his new teammates so he can hit the ground running at Saint Mary’s.
Solskjaer said: “He’s been humble, he’s been inquisitive he asks questions he doesn’t want to learn by a mistake in a game he wants to learn it on the training field before he comes on the pitch.
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"Everything about him has been impressive.”
Varane received a huge ovation from a packed Old Trafford when he was introduced to the crowd before kick-off against Leeds last Saturday.
The player was beaming as he finally joined the club Solskjaer believes was always close to his heart having almost moved to Old Trafford before choosing Real Madrid.
He said: “We were close ten years ago, Sir Alex (Ferguson) was there speaking to them and we were close.
"Ever since, his performances on the pitch and demeanour off it tells me that that’s a Man Utd player.
“I think that’s been in his heart ever since he went to Real Madrid.
"He did have a little bit of a feeling for Manchester United and we’ve definitely had feelings for him for many, many years."
Fellow new signing Jadon Sancho is also set to make his full debut after coming on late in the 5-1 win over Leeds.
The £77.3m winger from Borussia Dortmund started in a behind closed doors midweek friendly against Burnley.
Now he too will be looking for a flying start as United aim to build on that impressive opening to the season.
Solskjaer said: “Our job now is to capitalise on it, get more energy, don’t get complacent.”
United travel away having not lost a game in the league outside Old Trafford for the whole of last season.
That, however, was without, fans in the stadium until they went to Wolves on the last day.
Solskjaer has warned they cannot expect to make the slow starts they did in some games on their travels last season and still win with crowds now back in grounds.
He said: “I don’t know how many points but we won so many points from going 1-0 down.
“You can’t afford to do that with fans in the stadium, the fans do mean so much to the energy levels and give that little bit of extra edge.
“We have to start better, that’s a definite. We have to manage the games so the away fans are the ones that are heard.
“We’ve got the best away fans in the world but we can only hear them if we play well and start well and you want to silence the home crowd.”
Last November at St Mary’s, United trailed 2-0 at the break before Edinson Cavani came on and inspired them to a comeback – scoring twice including a last-minute winner as they ran out 3-2 victors.
At Old Trafford, United took advantage of a second-minute red card for Alexandre Jankewitz and hammered Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side 9-0.
Jan Bednarek also got his marching orders for the Saints late in that game.
Solskjaer said: “That game was a one off, a special game when you get a lad sent off in the second minute so I don’t count that game at all.
“Always with Ralph’s teams you get high energy, high pressing, belief in themselves and they give you a great challenge like they did last season.
“We were lucky, maybe not lucky, maybe good, call it whatever you want, when we turned their 2-0 goal lead into 3-2 win with Edinson’s sub appearance.
"We know every time we travel down there it’s a very difficult game.”
Cavani returned late to Manchester from an extended break in South America due to personal reasons.
But he is now raring to go and could get a place on the bench.
Solskjaer said: “Edinson has always looked after himself he’s lacking in team training but he’s been looking after himself, you can see that.
“There were different reasons as to why he was late, some personal reasons and his body can tolerate a lot.
“He’s chomping at the bit, he’s ready to train and ready to go and let’s see how much we can get out of him early on.”
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