On Monday night, after scoring his first goal for the club in the 3-0 victory over Brentford, Manchester United defender Raphael Varane couldn’t keep his excitement hidden.
Raphael Varane described scoring his goal against Brentford as “wonderful” as Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory on Monday night at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old scored his first Old Trafford goal in United’s final home match of the season to secure a 3-0 victory over the Bees in the final home game of the season.
Brazil’s Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring early in the game, while Cristiano Ronaldo added a second goal just before the hour mark.
After 10 minutes of play, Varane’s goal sealed United’s victory, which was the team’s first under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
It was Varane’s spectacular late volley that guaranteed the former Real Madrid forward had a solid start for United in his first season in England.
The World Cup champion was making his 28th appearance for the club that he joined for £36 million last summer, and he couldn’t keep his smile off his face following the victory.
Immediately following his goal, Varane posted a message to United fans on Instagram, writing: “YESSS. The thrill of scoring my first goal for this amazing club at Old Trafford cannot be described!!”
Upon coming from Real Madrid in the summer of 2016, Varane was hailed by Paul Merson as “the signing of the summer.”
Merson was certain that the centre-back would transform United into a title contender.
Even so, Varane has had a difficult start to the season in the Premier League with his club, the Real Madrid.
When he has been able to play, he’s been a big part of a United defense that has been broken up on many occasions this season because of injuries.
In contrast, Varane and United were able to put their difficulties aside at Old Trafford in order to put on a show for their long-suffering supporters.
With only two games remaining before switching to a consultant role at the end of the season, Rangnick was also able to finish the season on a good note.
However, rather than concentrating on his own performance following the game, the German offered a negative assessment of his six-month temporary tenure with the club.
He admitted to BBC Sport how he wasn’t totally satisfied with those six months.
“I thought we would make it to the Champions League because that was our goal.” He stated.
“We’ve lost a number of important players.
On January 22, three players from the team that defeated West Ham United were injured in the following game.
Other teams took advantage of the opportunity to bring in players.
However, our recent performances have not been as strong as they should have been, despite some positive moments and fewer goals conceded. In general, we are deficient in consistency.”