Man Utd ‘have best defence in PL’ after Varane signing, says pundit

Date published: Sunday 22nd August 2021 11:48 - Toby Bowles

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Gabby Agbonlahor has ranked Manchester United’s defence as the best in the Premier League following the capture of Raphael Varane.

The Frenchman is expected to start alongside Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw against Southampton on Sunday, having completed his £34m move from Real Madrid last week.

He began training on Monday and could be joined by Jadon Sancho in making his full United debut at St Mary’s.

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“If he [Varane] starts, I think they have the best defence in the league,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “Luke Shaw, Varane, Maguire and Wan-Bissaka is the best defence in the league.

“That’s what they’ve been crying out for in games. [Victor] Lindelof has been okay, but has a mistake in him. Varane doesn’t have a mistake in him. He’s no nonsense.

“Maguire is the one who will play out with it, run out with the ball and who better than Varane, one of the quickest centre-halves in the league now, just back there saying ‘go on Maguire, you go out there, if you lose it, I’m back here with Wan-Bissaka to tidy up for you’.

“I’m excited to see him, I hope he plays.”

Ian Wright is also impressed by the addition, described United’s new-look defence as “frightening”.

“I think it’s a massive coup for Manchester United to get that player from Real Madrid,” he said on the Kelly & Wrighty podcast.



“Whatever Real Madrid are going through, it doesn’t happen. You don’t normally get that player going the other way. You don’t get the Real Madrid player coming to Manchester United.

“We’ve seen Ronaldo go across there, we’ve seen Hazard go there, for United to get him [Varane] in his prime – people will say Real Madrid don’t get rid of good players but actually they do, because they just have.

“For him to go to Manchester United now, in his prime. It’s a magnificent signing. He’s a top player.

“Playing two defensive midfielders at home, against the top teams, maybe, but now with Varane, you’ll probably get another offensive midfield player into the team simply because of his pace and the way he can see problems with the space.

“He’ll mark the space and go and try and get into the places where they’ll try and turn and get at someone like Harry Maguire. He’ll snuffle that out.

“We’re talking about a defensive unit now, which matches the front end in respect of quality. It’s frightening.”



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