Patrice Evra insists Raphael Varane is a ‘top, top signing for Man United’ and his speed, anticipation and composure on the ball reminds him of Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand
- Manchester United set to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid
- The 28-year-old Frenchman will join the Red Devils for $58 million
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hunts down defender to team up with Harry Maguire
- Varane becomes United’s second big summer signing after Jadon Sancho
- Raphael Varane is a ‘top, top signing’ for Manchester United, according to Evra
Raphael Varane is a ‘top, top signing’ for Manchester United, according to Patrice Evra, who says the Real Madrid defender reminds him of his old team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
United are set to announce the £42m deal for Varane, with the Frenchman poised to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third arrival of a busy summer transfer window for the club after Jadon Sancho was signed for £73million earlier this month.
Former left-back Evra, who played 273 times for the club, is also a long-time admirer of his 28-year-old compatriot.
And he has no doubts that Varane bears similarities to Red Devils legend Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford between 2002 and 2014.
Evra played alongside Ferdinand in defense for eight years, between 2006 and 2014
Evra says Varane reminds him of Rio Ferdinand for his speed and anticipation
The former United left-back told The Athletic: “Varane reminds me of Rio Ferdinand. Great with the ball, great in the air. He is the complete central defender.’
“I remember my first game with the French national team and I was so impressed. He was so young and yet so good with the ball, so quick and his anticipation was perfect.”
“He is calm on the ball and can also score. It’s a top, top addition to Manchester United.’
Varane brings ten years of top-level experience to the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has played for Real Madrid since 2011.
Varane is according to Evra. the ideal partner to complement Maguire in defence
Evra believes Varane and Maguire partnership could bring silverware back to Old Trafford
The former Lens defender made 360 appearances for Real, winning three La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and the Copa del Rey, as well as the 2018 World Cup with France.
He also won the 2018 World Cup winner with France and has 79 caps to his name with Les Bleus. The towering central defender’s most recent appearance came in France’s round of 16 to Switzerland at Euro 2020.
By contrast, United’s quest for silverware is entering its fourth season after the Red Devils lost to Villarreal in this year’s Europa League final.
Evra said Varane impressed him when both played together for France for the first time
United fans hope a Maguire-Varane partnership will be as good as Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand’s
Fans are desperate for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire’s record signing at the heart of United’s defense and Varane’s imminent signing should put an end to their hunt.
United have capitalized on Madrid’s need to fundraise this summer as they look to build on a bid from Kylian Mbappe next year.
With Jadon Sancho also signed from Borussia Dortmund for £73million, the Red Devils are now expected to launch a real title challenge and compete in the final stages of the Champions League under a manager who has just been given a three-year deal. contract.