Man United new boy Raphael Varane insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are on track and ‘improving all the time’ despite losing point
- Raphael Varane believes Man United are on a ‘positive, upward curve’
- Varane signed for Real Madrid in the summer and was seen as a game changer
- United have lost three of the last four games they have played
- Varane insists the team is constantly improving and this year will be challenging
Raphael Varane is convinced Manchester United are on a ‘positive, upward curve’, despite some poor recent results.
The 28-year-old series winner came from Real Madrid during a summer when the Old Trafford giants also brought in Jadon Sancho and fan favorite Cristiano Ronaldo.
But things have gone badly in recent weeks, with United’s shocking 2-1 10-man loss to Young Boys in their Champions League opener, compounded by the Carabao Cup departure to West Ham and the Premier League loss to Aston Villa.
Despite Manchester United’s losses, Raphael Varane says progress is still being made
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad will be looking to bounce back from that streak of three defeats in four games in Wednesday’s Group F game against Villarreal, with Varane confident this will prove to be just a blip.
“What I have been able to see is that there is a lot of quality among my teammates in our squad, in our team,” said the France international. “We have enormous potential, I am convinced of that.
“We work very hard, we do well in training. I think we keep getting better. Since the start of the season, I think we are on a positive, upward curve.
“I think there is talent, there is also experience. We have everything you need to feel confident that you can do it right.
Varane featured as United lost to Villa in the league after a failure in their European opener
“I think that’s a really important point – we have to believe in ourselves, believe in ourselves that we can do it, we have to be ambitious, believe in our own potential and then I think you can achieve things if you do that. .
“Everything is in the right place there. Just focus on the small details, but keep believing and have that positive mindset.
“I believe that every time we start a game, we go out on that track and continue to follow that path of positivity, think about how we can improve in small details and then I think we’ll be there. Like I said, we’re on the right track.’
Varane’s arrival may not have led to an immediate improvement in United’s backline, but his quality and leadership are clear.
He won a World Cup with France in 2018 and won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid – a club that has a similar history and expectations to United.
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“It’s always difficult to make such comparisons,” Varane said. “Big clubs always want a lot from their players, they expect a lot from the players. There are many requirements for each player.
“I think it’s pretty similar, I’d say. The hopes and demands and expectations at big clubs are always quite similar.
“After a defeat or a draw, you know how it is, it’s always very negative when that happens. The key is to keep track of good results and be positive.
“That pressure you live with at big clubs, but it’s hard to tell if one is bigger or smaller in the other. There is always a lot of expectation, though.’