Raphael Varane explains how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced him to join Manchester United

Raphael Varane has given his first interview as a Manchester United player, after his transfer was confirmed at the weekend.

Varane explained how he is tempted by the new challenge United presented him with, and he is determined to help the Red Devils win trophies.

The Frenchman said that his discussion with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ‘very important’ to his transfer.

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Speaking about his discussion with Solskjaer, Varane said: “It was very important for me to know exactly about the philosophy and what the challenges and objectives are, and the ambitions – that was very important for me.

“And I feel a real determination and an ambition to work very hard and to try to do everything that is possible to win trophies. That motivates me.”

United want to go one better

United have had near misses under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, losing four semi-finals and one final. The team finished second in the Premier League last season.

This team is clearly very close to silverware, but not close enough. Solskjaer is determined to go one better. Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire, the teams’ leaders, have also spoken about this.

United are confident this team can mix it with the best, and this self-belief has clearly had an impact with Varane, who has been tempted to join the project.

Varane has an incredible trophy record from his career with Real Madrid and France, and he will benefit United hugely.

The new signing added that he still has a fierce desire to win more medals, as the winning mentality never fades.

Uttering words Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of, Varane said: “I think the winning mentality is there every day. When you win I think you are more hungry and you want to demonstrate that it wasn’t casual; it was because you worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices and because you deserve it.

“The more victories you have, I think it’s more motivation also.”

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