Premier: Varane is the shadow of Varane

Varane es la sombra de Varane

Today the 40 million euros that Manchester United paid in the summer for Raphaël Varane (29 years old) seem exorbitant. When everyone applauded the leaders of United for managing to sign the center-back, world champion and four-time winner of the Champions League, for a figure that seemed low seeing the performance of the Frenchman at Real Madrid (his market value, according to several specialized websites, it was at €70M and they signed him for €40M). Now they even think that Real Madrid got rid of a problem and even got a lot of money for a footballer whose contract ended in a year and did not want to renew.

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Varane’s situation has taken a 180-degree turn. His adaptation to his new team and to English football has been much more difficult than previously thought. ANDThis Varane who plays in central defense for Manchester United has nothing to do with the man who seemed to be the best central defender in the world along with Sergio Ramos. His disconnections during the games, which result in big mistakes more frequently than can be expected for his quality, are the order of the day. TUnited’s lousy season doesn’t help either, especially since Solsjkaer’s dismissal, but Varane hasn’t pulled the team’s car either when his great background induced him to do so.

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According to data from Olocipan Artificial Intelligence company that thoroughly analyzes the individual and collective data of the different footballers in 67 leagues, the Frenchman is in the worst season of his career in the elite. In addition, he has accumulated more injuries than ever. This campaign he has spent three periods out due to injury. Most of October due to groin problems. He came back and fell muscular for almost two months (November and December) and now he has been out for almost 15 days due to another muscular injury. To which must be added a week isolated by COVID. In total, 95 days out and 17 games he has missed with United. Many blows that have also prevented seeing the best Varane.

His performance is so questioned that several names are already being considered to reinforce the center of United’s defense. The Spaniard Pau Torres (Villarreal) is one of them. Varane hopes that it is just a blip and that the arrival of the Dutchman Ten Hag as the new coach will serve as a boost.


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