Raphael Varane has hailed Paul Pogba’s leadership skills after joining his international colleague and old friend at Manchester United.
The centre back was unveiled on the Old Trafford pitch moments before United thumped Leeds 5-1, with Pogba then taking centre stage as he collected four assists in the game.
Varane and Pogba are both 28 and have been long-time teammates in the France national team, where Pogba’s leadership skills came to the fore during the World Cup win three years ago.
Video emerged of Pogba’s stirring speech to his teammates before the final win over Croatia and Varane believes Pogba’s energy makes his leadership and character so valuable in the dressing room.
“I think Paul is very positive and he has a very good energy; he motivates players in the dressing room and on the pitch with his energy,” he said.
“We are different but we are very complementary, and it’s important in the team to have different types of leaders and characters.”
Varane arrives at United after 10 years with Real Madrid, during which time he won the Champions League four times as well as three La Liga titles.
He shared France’s World Cup with Pogba but the midfielder only has a League Cup and Europa League medal from his time at Old Trafford.
But Varane is hopeful that will change as the two friends target trophies together with United.
“I’m very happy. I’ve known him for a very long time, we started together with the French national team and he’s a great player. I think he’s ambitious and me too, so we are ready to work hard and to do all we can to win trophies,” he added.