Adrien Rabiot relationship with star duo could help him strengthen Manchester United spine
But while there is usually a big buzz when Manchester United agree a deal for a player, there is not much excitement about this deal.
Despite his impressive record with PSG and Juventus, Rabiot is regarded as a limited player who may only marginally improve Manchester United, rather than being the transformative signing fans crave.
There are reasons to be positive over a deal, not least that Rabiot could push Scott McTominay out of the starting line-up. He should also settle well due to two players he knows well.
Rabiot relationship with star duo can help
Adrien Rabiot has known Raphael Varane from the France set up for years. When he made his debut for Les Bleus in 2016 against Ivory Coast, Varane captained the side.
Rabiot is used to receiving the ball from the French defender, a task he will be expected to do several times per game when he lines up in the same side at Old Trafford.
One of the players Rabiot is used to trying to pass the ball to, is Cristiano Ronaldo. The pair spent two years at Juventus together.
Rabiot even credited Ronaldo with helping him settle in. He told Bleacher Report: “I played a lot this summer, because I needed to adapt to the team. I’m managing to create an excellent affinity with Cristiano Ronaldo, because he also plays on the left.”
Rabiot even shared an emotional goodbye message to Cristiano Ronaldo when he clinched his move to Manchester United a year ago.
A strong relationship with players in defence and attack is crucial for a midfield player to be a success in any team.
Rabiot has a headstart if he signs for Manchester Untied due to his pre-existing relations with Varane and Ronaldo.
They will help him settle off the pitch, and could play a big part in him being successful on it. The spine of Manchester United’s team was far too weak last season. If Rabiot can become a key cog in Erik ten Hag’s system, then the sum of the parts may override his limitations.