Varane says pre-season is down to his successful turnaround at Manchester United

Raphael Varane has been re-establishing himself as one of the world’s best defenders this season with his performances for Manchester United.

The Frenchman has conceded only two goals in 495 minutes of action and United have won every single game he has played.

His partnership with new signing Lisandro Martinez has been a big part of this, along with the fresh approach provided by new manager Erik ten Hag.

Varane has his own theory over the turnaround in form, and credits his performances to a full pre-season.

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Varane says pre-season is key to turnaround

Varane spoke at a press conference with France, and credited his first pre-season at United for giving him the platform to build from.

He told The Mail: “I had a full pre-season and I’m playing games. I feel better, it shows on the pitch.”

Last season Varane was presented as a United player in August, making his debut at the end of the month, having left Real Madrid mid-summer.

United did not get a particularly long pre-season last year in any case due to the Euros, with no summer tour. This year has been different.

Varane expressed at the end of last season that he was looking forward to his first pre-season, and his latest comments are doubling down on his prediction.

He told BBC Sport in May: “I think I need a full pre-season to be fit but I think next season will be better.”

Then speaking at the end of July in an interview with TCL Global, he explained he was happy with how it went.

He said: “We communicate a lot, the pre-season was very important for that, the tour that we did. It was important to build the spirit of this team.”

Varane missed a couple of games in pre-season, but this was part of United managing his workload sensibly, not to overdo it, wary of the injury issues he suffered in 2021/22.

Last season he suffered two injuries on international duty with France, but fortunately appears to have come through this break unscathed.

He played all 90 minutes in France’s win against Austria, keeping a clean sheet, before being rested against Denmark on Sunday night.

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