Raphael Varane sends Manchester United possession warning for Villarreal fixture – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane has revealed how his team can beat Villarreal in their Champions League encounter this week.

The 28-year-old serial winner arrived from Real Madrid during a summer transfer window in which the Old Trafford giants also brought in long-standing target Jadon Sancho and brought back the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.

But United have been struggling for results in recent weeks, with their shock 2-1 loss at Young Boys in their Champions League opener followed-up with their Carabao Cup exit to West Ham and a Premier League loss to Aston Villa.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will look to bounce back from that run of three losses in four matches in Wednesday’s Group F match against Villarreal.

And Varane, who played against Villarreal regularly for former club Real Madrid, has said United will have to ‘fight to have possession of the ball’ when the clubs meet on Wednesday night.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Varane says United are on a ‘mission to win this game’.

He said: “A difficult game awaits us and we are going to fight to have possession of the ball.

“The key will be not to lose the ball in our field under their pressure.

“It will be a game with a lot of rhythm, we have the mission to win this game.”

United reached the Europa League final last season, only for their bid to win a first trophy under Solskjaer to end in a galling penalty shoot-out loss to Villarreal.

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