Ferdinand lauds new Man United star after impressive debut

Date published: Monday 30th August 2021 9:26 - Lewis Oldham

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on new Manchester United defender Raphael Varane after he impressed as they beat Wolves on Sunday.

After United splashed out £73m to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Varane was the club’s second major signing of the summer window.

The Frenchman joined the club for an initial fee of £34m from Real Madrid. 

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The defender won the Champions League four times with Madrid and he made his Man United debut at the Molineux against Wolves.

Varane impressed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kept a clean sheet. He also provided the assist for Mason Greenwood’s 80th minute winner.

Ferdinand has praised the defender during the latest video on his FIVE YouTube channel:

“Do you know what I liked about him? The covering tackle he did when Trincao went past [Harry] Maguire on the right-hand side and he came across and blocked it.

“That is why he’s there. That exact play is why he’s there because I don’t think anyone else makes that block playing before.

“Those situations there when the game opens up a little bit, someone who manoeuvres past one of the other defenders and he flies past out of nowhere because he’s got the legs, the pace and the nous and he’s got the anticipation to see it.

“That one play there and that phase encapsulated exactly why he’s there and what he adds to this team.”

Man United have agreed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. The 36-year-old looked likely to sign for Man City before their rivals moved to re-sign the forward.

Ferdinand spoke on the transfer and he believes that Ronaldo will replace Bruno Fernandes as United’s penalty taker:

“I think Bruno gives up penalties but doesn’t relinquish free-kicks and corners,” Ferdinand added.

“The free-kicks around the box, he’s going to be on them I think. I think his record demands that he should do that.

“He takes the penalties, 100 per cent. They agree to give him the penalties but I think free-kicks around the box, Bruno’s just wiping the ball down and putting it down.”

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