Former Manchester United Defender Asks Club To Bring In Raphael Varane

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane in action.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival has lifted the spirits in the Manchester United dressing room. The Red Devils have won nine of their last 10 matches, but their defence still looks to be shaky at moments.

The Norwegian gaffer is yet to settle on a defensive partner for Victor Lindelof, who has put in some strong performances in recent weeks.

Last summer, Jose Mourinho was keen to reunite with his former player, Raphael Varane. Ed Woodward launched a £100 million bid in an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford, but Real president Florentino Perez wasn’t interested in selling the French defender.

Since then, the Red Devils have turned their attention towards Kalidou Koulibaly, and are in talks with Napoli over a summer move. But former United defender Wes Brown believes that Varane should continue to be their top priority at any cost.

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In a recent interview with YPC, Brown admitted: “The dream defender for United would be Raphael Varane. He would cost a lot and it would need to be the right fit for United.

“It’s difficult to say as United have a lot of defenders to choose from, and Solskjaer will want players to justify their positions on the pitch.”

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Speaking about Lindelof’s impressive displays of late, he further added: “Lindelof has started to understand what it takes in English football. It was similar to Vidic adapting to the English game.

“It’s difficult and different adjusting to the league, and moving to a new country. It’s quicker and stronger in certain areas and sometimes it takes time to adjust. I never thought he was bad, but he’s started to understand more and taken everything in, you can now see the class coming out.”

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