Raphael Varane joined Manchester United last summer, but the defender didn’t have the expected impact at Old Trafford as they had a rather disappointing season.
Darren Bent has brought attention to Raphael Varane’s subpar first season at Manchester United, saying that he got off easy because of Harry Maguire’s troubles as his center-half partner.
The Frenchman, who was presented on the first day of the season, transferred from Real Madrid to Old Trafford for £41 million last summer.
Four-time Champions League champion Varane was expected to have a major impact when he came, but he fell short of expectations.
Manchester United supporters once again began daydreaming of winning the league after their team finished in the top four twice in a row in the Premier League, including second place in the 2020–21 campaign.
And it appeared as though United had discovered the last piece of the puzzle when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was successful in luring World Cup-winning center-back Raphael Varane away from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window last year.
The excitement among Varane’s fans was only expected given his heritage. A winner of the World Cup, the Champions League on multiple occasions, and a player at the prime of his career.
At the age of 28, it constituted one of United’s better business deals in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, and for just €40 million.
Varane, though, suffered along with his team, and he was powerless to save their fate.
He suffered significant setbacks last season as his form-and his role-were questioned. In light of that, Bent has criticized the World Cup champion.
On talkSport, he said: “When they purchased Varane, I thought, ‘Ooh, him and Maguire.’
But to be fair, I think Varane has gotten away with it this year having not been fantastic at all because of Maguire’s play.
Varane’s pace used to get him out of difficult circumstances when you used to watch him play for Real Madrid and especially for France. But this season, while you observe him, people keep moving past him.”
Erik ten Hag is looking at Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez, who he worked with at Ajax, as defensive reinforcements this summer.
Varane is no different, though, as he seeks to gain momentum and consistently demonstrate his world-class qualities.
With Erik ten Hag now in charge, everyone is already anticipating the big start in August.
Varane, though, has spoken out in support of the Ten Hag-led new era at United.
The Red Devils, who last won a trophy in 2017 under Jose Mourinho, are searching for their identity on the field as they attempt to become competitive once more.
In order to be prepared for the season opener against Brighton and Hove Albion, the center-half has emphasized the importance of a successful preseason.
He stated on the team’s website that everyone was eager to learn about the new management because it was a new season and a fresh start.
“We’ll need to get ready for the new season because, obviously, we want to perform well and win every game. I believe it’s critical that we work hard to get ready.
In order to be prepared for the upcoming season, It will be an interesting and great time to work very hard and there will be a lot of training sessions and games.”