Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agrees with David de Gea on Raphael Varane's Man Utd debut

The Manchester United boss heaped praise on the former Real Madrid defender after he helped his new side secure a clean sheet in his first appearance for the club

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Raphael Varane gave Manchester United fans their first glimpse of what to come as the Frenchman excelled in what was a difficult debut away at Wolves.

A seasoned veteran at the age of 28, Varane was not phased by the atmosphere created by the packed house at the Molineux, he has exhibited his composure in fixtures far more high pressure fixtures than this one.

Signed from Real Madrid to provide club captain Harry Maguire with a world class partner, Varane was relatively untroubled for much of the contest.

Positionally, he was faultless – shutting down central avenues for Wolves attackers and forcing them to either revert to the channels or take pot shots from distance.

Varane helped inspire Man Utd to a clean sheet on his debut


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The £45m-valued Frenchman was well worth the clean sheet on his first outing as a Red Devil, United taking all three points after a late Mason Greenwood strike was enough to separate the two sides.

Following his stellar display, Varane earned the praise of his teammate David de Gea, who told MUTV : “He was very good, we kept a clean sheet so it’s always very good to start with a clean sheet.

“He’s a great lad, I think he’s good for the group. Very experienced centre back.

“Many, many games and I think he showed today he’s calm with the ball, he’s good in the air, he’s very quick, so a great defender – a great signing for us.”

The sentiments of the United shot-stopper were echoed by his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also spoke highly of Varane.

After the game, the United boss told the media: “This was ‘welcome to the Premier League ’ – tempo, the hustle-bustle, tackle, have to defend counter-attacks.

“Top, top performance. He’s good in the air, he’s so composed on the ball and he’s so experienced and nothing phases him.”

Solskjaer went on to highlight Varane’s leadership as separate quality altogether, revealing: “He was good in the dressing room before the game, half-time and so I’m delighted with his performance. I thought he showed his class.”

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Varane was praised by both David De Gea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his display at the Molineux


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Varane’s display helped United write their name into the history books after they broke the record for longest unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League, previously held by Arsenal with 27.

“Twenty-eight games unbeaten is special,” Solskjaer added. “We know it’s partly due to no crowd in the stadiums for a while but we want to keep that run going, long may it continue.”

United have not tasted defeat away from Old Trafford in the league since Liverpool beat them 2-0 at Anfield on January 19 2020.


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