Raphael Varane made his debut for Manchester United against Wolves.
Varane could not have asked for a more testing game, with Wolves’ attackers given acres of freedom by United’s disjointed midfield.
The centre-back stood up to the challenge well, facing down Adama Traore one on one early on, before the winger thought better of taking him on, and passed the ball.
Varane was a class act throughout, with the only moment he was beaten coming when Romain Saiss beat him for a header, only to be denied by a double save from David de Gea.
And yet right after the double save, Varane was quickest to react, to clear the ball away from Saiss to stop him attempting to score for a third time.
Varane had a role in Manchester United’s winner, passing the ball to Mason Greenwood, who did the rest. His debut ended with an assist.
Varane’s debut by numbers
Varane touched the ball 74 times, and won two aerial duels. He was calm in possession, completing 88 per cent of his total passes.
The Frenchman made three clearances, and won one tackle.
It was a composed debut, and the most telling aspect of his showing was a clean sheet.
This was Manchester United’s first competitive clean sheet since away at Leeds in April.
While there was certainly a stroke of luck in that, with De Gea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka making last-ditch stops, Varane deserves his share of credit on his first ever Premier League game too.
Here is a look at how Manchester United fans reacted to Varane’s performance…
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