Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes that the signing of Raphael Varane will help bring a “winning mentality” to Old Trafford.
More than a fortnight after United confirmed that they had reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign the vastly experienced France international, Varane was officially unveiled as a United player ahead of Saturday’s 5-1 opening day Premier League victory over Leeds United.
After confirming his arrival shortly ahead of kick-off, Varane was then presented to a packed-out Old Trafford prior to kick off, walking out onto the pitch to an incredible welcome from the United supporters.
His arrival at Old Trafford has significantly strengthened manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad in more ways than one, with the former Lens defender bringing a world class pedigree to the club.
And United skipper Maguire — who looks poised to strike an established partnership with the Frenchman at the heart of the defence — is confident that Varane will bring the correct sort of spirit and mentality that United are in need of.
“You’ve seen what he’s won over his career,” Maguire said, as quoted by the Guardian. “He’s played in some of the top teams about – the French squad and Real Madrid – and he’s won absolutely everything.
“I think he’ll bring that winning mentality and his footballing ability to the club. To bring in players of his calibre is really, really exciting.”
With Varane now through the door, Solskjaer has six first-team centre-backs to choose from and to rotate in various competitions for United this season.
“It boosts our defensive options,” continued the United skipper. “We’ve got an amazing number of centre-backs now, all internationals who are all proven in the Premier League.”
Varane’s arrival at Old Trafford is likely to spell the end of Victor Lindelof’s time as a regular starter in the Premier League. However, he did his best to try and stop United’s latest addition from walking straight into the team by producing a smart assist for Bruno Fernandes to seal his outstanding opening day hat-trick against Leeds.
On Lindelof’s pass that set Fernandes on his way to completing his treble, Maguire added: “You’ve seen again how well Victor played. He’s an excellent footballer so to have this number of top centre-backs is great.
“At one of the biggest clubs in the world you don’t expect to have an easy ride and have no competition for places. Bringing in players is great, we thrive off it.”