May's Inside United on sale now

Thursday 18 April 2024 10:00

The new edition of official club magazine Inside United has hit the shelves, with Raphael Varane starring on the front cover and giving an exclusive interview.

The highly decorated Frenchman – speaking before picking up the muscle injury that is currently keeping him out of action – talks in detail about his specialist subject: the art of defending.

Rapha identifies ‘reading the game’, ‘good timing’ and ‘good positioning’ as key attributes that a defender needs, as well as stressing the importance of ‘focus’ and ‘concentration’. There’s a lot to learn as the multiple Champions League winner goes deep into the secrets of the centre-back trade, talking through different facets of the role.

“As a defender you have to feel: where is the danger? Which space do you have to cover?” he says. “Also, how to anticipate the movement from the striker, especially in the box.” He finishes his masterclass with some words of advice for any young defender looking to improve their game. “First of all, enjoy defending, enjoy pushing yourself, enjoy improving,” he says. “Then it’s about focus and desire.”

There’s lots more from Rapha in the compelling interview, which you can only read first and in full in the magazine.

Elsewhere in the issue, there is more exclusive content from Christian Eriksen and United Women’s Maya Le Tissier, who both give new Q&As. Bruno Fernandes weighs in as well, with the topics of his incredible availability stats and his new Reds penalty record on the agenda.

That pulsating 4-3 win over Liverpool will live long in the memories of all who witnessed it, and the magazine has made sure to document the classic match for posterity. Club photographer Ash Donelon has personally curated a ‘roll’ of 36 images that capture the extraordinary day, from the arrivals at the ground to the jubilant final scenes, and all the action in between.

Other offerings in a packed issue include a schadenfreude-tinged celebration of 10 Reds who went on to punish the clubs that United bought them from (think Mark Hughes scoring against Barcelona in the Cup Winners’ Cup final, Andy Cole racking them up against Newcastle, and Wayne Rooney netting against Everton), insight from United’s Academy and plenty of focus on our amazing fanbase.

Inside United May 2024 edition is on sale now in newsagents, shops, at the Old Trafford Megastore, around the stadium on home matchdays, and can be bought or subscribed to online here.