Go for it Solskjaer – This 27-year-old Real Madrid star is the key that Man United need

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 7, 2020, Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane attends a press conference on the eve of the Spanish Super Cup semi final between Valencia and Real Madrid, at the King Abdullah Sport City in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Why Raphael Varane is the defender that Manchester United need

According to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United could revisit their long-standing interest in Raphael Varane next season. The French defender was on the radar of the club before joining Real Madrid and they still hold out for him. They hope that as his deal runs close to the final year, they will be in a good position to negotiate.


The 27-year-old French centre-back started his youth career at AS Hellemmes in 2000 and moved to Lens’ youth academy after two seasons. Spending the next couple of seasons in the youth teams, he was promoted to the ‘B’ team in 2010.

Within a few months, he was promoted to the senior side. He went on to make 24 appearances before Real Madrid came calling in 2011. Since putting on the white of Madrid, Varane has been nothing but outstanding.

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Real Madrid’s French defender Raphael Varane celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on January 4, 2020. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Varane has amassed over 300 appearances for the Blancos to date, scoring 15 goals and assisting 7 (source – Transfermarkt). He has suffered from the occasional injury problems but no one can deny he has been genuinely world-class.

Winning everything possible with Madrid, Varane has also tasted success with his national team, winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has 70 caps for Les Bleus to date.

Manchester United have a realistic chance of signing him next season

When a defender is so experienced and has been at a club for close to a decade, it’s likely that the club wouldn’t sell the player. But Varane is slowly becoming more error-prone than Real Madrid would like. His showing in the Champions League round of 16 gifted Manchester City an easy pass into the quarterfinals. His last month’s stats would tell you he has two own goals to his name.

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Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (L) celebrates with French defender Raphael Varane after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Betis against Real Madrid CF at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on September 26, 2020. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

But does that mean Manchester United will be getting a bad player? Absolutely not. Every player at the highest level faces these rough patches and maybe for Varane, it is lasting longer than it should. He is just a little low on confidence and it is not being helped by the team’s performances either.

Varane is still one of the top centre-backs in the world and there are no questions about it. Manchester United need him as he can be the perfect foil to Harry Maguire. He is mobile enough to cover for the Englishman’s deficiencies and can form a good partnership with him.

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It will still be difficult to snatch him from Madrid but if any club can, it is Manchester United. They have the financial muscle (as history has shown) and the commercial appeal to do so.