Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Raphael Varane could prove to be the best piece of business that Manchester United have conducted this summer, despite re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
After confirming on Friday afternoon that they had reached an agreement with Juventus to sign the Portuguese international for a second time, Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford was sealed this morning.
However, despite his fairytale return to United, Sky Sports pundit Redknapp has overlooked the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as being United’s best capture of a memorable window, insisting the addition of Varane, who made his debut for the club in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, could prove to be the “most important.”
“This could end up being their best signing and their most important one,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“They’ve got [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood and [Jadon] Sancho in the wide areas and he could end up being the most important one because defensively they’ve had problems.
“I think Manchester United fans will still want a midfielder, but he’s a thoroughbred centre-back and a great signing.”
Varane, of course, completed his move to United just over a fortnight ago, signing in a deal worth up to £43million from Real Madrid.
The France international has significantly strengthened a position that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was determined to bolster, with the World Cup winner bringing a wealth of experience and a winning mentality to Old Trafford.
With the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Rashford, Sancho and Ronaldo poised to weave their magic at the top end of the pitch, Varane’s addition to the squad should help strike a useful balance.