Man United never looked under control at Molineux but David de Gea’s goal remained unscathed, largely due to Wolves’ poor finishing and Raphael Varane’s solid debut display.
Mason Greenwood’s 80th minute strike past Jose Sa was all they needed to collect three points and register yet another feat of success away from home.
Varane looked at ease in his first Premier League experience, matching both the intensity and physicality thrown at him from the likes of Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez.
Further, the Frenchman also showcased to the away support his ball-playing ability, picking out Greenwood for the game’s only goal.
One appearance. One assist. One clean sheet. A debut worth all the lyrical fans have been waxing, even before Mike Dean blew the final whistle.
Raphaël Varane’s Man Utd debut by numbers:
88% pass accuracy
74 total touches
5 passes into the final third
5 aerials contested
2 aerials won
1 cross blocked
0 x dribbled past
0 goals conceded
His quality is so clear. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/2bdyvxrxCF
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 29, 2021
Varane has been very impressive today. A lot has been asked of him and he’s answered capably.
— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) August 29, 2021
Raphael Varane cruised through that game. Unruffled, experienced, serene. He was excellent.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 29, 2021
Varane is simply Rolls Royce, give it a few more weeks he’ll be playing with a cigar on
— ‘ (@vintageredss) August 29, 2021
Varane has that Van Dijk aura, he plays like he’s not even trying
— ً (@utdcynical) August 29, 2021
Raphaël Varane my man of the match. The man exudes elegance. What a player Manchester United have here.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 29, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also enjoyed his new centre-back’s outing, stating (via BBC): “He [Varane] was class. Composed, experienced, good on the ball, in the air. He’s got everything as a centre-back so I’m delighted with his performance.”
Victor Lindelof, meanwhile, will find it difficult to get back into the Starting XI. If the former Real Madrid man’s opening 90 minutes in England are anything to go by, Harry Maguire has found his long-term partner, which will remain unchanged for the majority of the campaign.