Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given his first chance to speak about Raphael Varane and his imminent arrival at Old Trafford after Wednesday’s friendly draw with Brentford, and he confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson almost signed the defender years ago.
Varane will sign a four-year deal with United with the additional option for a fifth season upon his arrival in England, although he will then have to quarantine with his family.
“Varane is one of the winningest centre-backs in the world,” Solskjaer detailed.
“I am very happy to have reached an agreement. Varane is a winner and he is a player that we have been following for many years.
“I know that Sir Alex was very, very close to signing him at one stage.”