What's in the latest issue of Inside United?
The new edition of official club magazine Inside United comes on sale today (Tuesday), with Raphael Varane its cover star.
The Frenchman, who is happily back from injury and has returned to the United defence, gives a fascinating in-depth interview inside the mag, reflecting on his early life (“school was very important, and obviously football too”), breaking into the professional game at a young age with Lens in France (“I think I was ready … I think I built my character”), his years at Real Madrid (“the experience was absolutely amazing … I have a lot of great memories and a lot of friends in Madrid”) and how much he is now enjoying life as a Red (“I feel like I’m in a family … I feel good”).
You can read the full interview with Rapha only in Inside United, which you can purchase online now.
Elsewhere in the magazine, the special relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson is celebrated, tracing it back to 2003 when the young Portuguese star first arrived in Manchester and his manager took him under his wing in typically protective fashion, and following a friendship that has endured and developed through the years.
Tom Heaton talks about the United Academy as a player who learned his craft there but had to move on to pastures new in order to further his career – only to come full circle and return, of course, and finally make that senior debut that eluded him during his initial spell with the club.
Diego Forlan earns a warm salute in the mag, marking 20 years since he joined the club and celebrating his cult status among the fans - there may well be mention of a couple of goals scored one afternoon at Anfield.
There is lots more to enjoy, including a gallery of images of the season personally chosen and described by club snapper Ash Donelon, a paean to Irish striker Frank Stapleton, reports on United Women and from the Academy, match previews, analysis, the quiz and plenty besides.
Inside United February 2022 issue is on sale now in newsagents and shops, at the Megastore, around Old Trafford on match days, and can be bought or subscribed to online here.