Raphael Varane happy with his start to life at United

Raphael Varane has delivered his assessment of the start to his Manchester United career.

Varane was eased in initially, but since the win at Wolves – where United kept their only clean sheet of the season – he has played every Premier League game.

He has had to step up and lead the backline in Harry Maguire’s recent absence, which looks set to continue after the international break.

Speaking to French outlet Foot Mercato during France duty, Varane says he is happy with how it’s going so far.

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“I am happy with the start of the adventure. It is a championship renowned for its intensity,” he said.

“The atmosphere and the mentality are different, it’s a great experience for me. 

“I’m happy, I take pleasure in getting out of my comfort zone, of adapting to another way of playing. It’s very interesting for me and I’m very happy about it.”

Varane is a world-class defender and it has taken him next to no time getting used to life in English football.

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United’s midfield has left him and the rest of the defence a little open to counter attacks at times this season.

That might not have happened so much at Real Madrid, but Varane has remained calm and assured, using his recovery pace when needed.

His leadership will also be crucial in terms of guiding United through this rocky period of form, when criticism is coming in from outside.

Varane is right to be pleased with his start and hopefully more of the same is to come as he gets more and more comfortable with life at United and in England.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.