Raphael Varane says full pre-season will help him hit his best form for Manchester United
Raphael Varane says a full pre-season will help him kick on and show his best form at Manchester United.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Varane admits this season has been less than ideal from a personal and team perspective, with United down in sixth in the Premier League.
Varane said: “Obviously, it’s not the result what we expected but I’m still positive and I think that the next season will be better.
Commenting on Erik ten Hag’s upcoming arrival as manager, Varane says he is excited, adding: “I’m very excited to work with him. I think he has good experience and he’s a good person to work in this club.”
Full pre-season looks possible
Varane says a proper summer will help him a lot. He explained: “I think I need a full pre-season to be fit but I think next season will be better.”
Last summer was a disjointed one for Varane. He was at Euro 2020 with France, returning to Real Madrid late, where he did little full training, with his £34 million transfer to Manchester United being negotiated.
There was huge fanfare when Varane was unveiled as a Manchester United player on the first day of the season, with Cristiano Ronaldo hailing it, before joining him a fortnight later.
He made his first United start just two games later, without a pre-season, and it is possible that the injury issues Varane suffered were in some way connected to this.
He has made only 19 league starts this season. At Real Madrid he made 31 last season, 32 the year prior, and 31 before that. So it is not really fair to label him ‘injury prone’, even though his stint at United may suggest it.
Varane knows his bod better than anybody, and his comments about a full pre-season helping, should be listened to. He knows his best form is yet to come.
United have to handle him carefully of course, and the World Cup will come midway through the season, another hurdle to negotiate. He will get the chance to impress new boss Ten Hag during the pre-season tour of Australia, and get his season off to the start in the way he hopes.
Varane scored his first Manchester United goal this week against Brentford, and was congratulated by his former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema.