Varane: The five United legends I look up to
Raphael Varane is a player who has always held a deep admiration for Manchester United and, indeed, he came close to joining the club as a young defender back in 2011.
Varane was paraded in front of our fans at Old Trafford on Saturday while holding his new no.19 shirt and his appearance preceded a sensational 5-1 Premier League win over Leeds United.
After an electrifying afternoon at the Theatre of Dreams, Raphael went to Carrington to start work and to also conduct his official signing interview, which you can watch and read in full now.
“Of course, Vidic and Ferdinand were legends and a legendary duo, you know,” points out Varane, expressing his respect for our colossal former centre-back partners, Nemanja and Rio.
Casting his attention to more attack-minded Reds, Raphael continues: “I remember players like Cristiano, Giggs and Beckham also. They are legends and I’m very proud to be part of this family.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was of course a team-mate during those famous ties in Madrid and Manchester.
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Raphael has been a formidable opponent in recent years, but thankfully he's now a Red.
Who knows, perhaps the Frenchman will be added to that hall of fame in the future.