Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims that adding Raphael Varane to ‘world class’ defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw makes Manchester United a ‘frightening’ prospect this season
- Manchester United signed Raphael Varane for £41m from Real Madrid
- Ian Wright feels the signing makes United a ‘frightening’ prospect this season
- Varane is likely to form a formidable defensive partnership with Harry Maguire
Ian Wright believes Manchester United’s addition of Raphael Varane makes them a ‘frightening’ team to play this season.
The Frenchman joined this summer for £41m after ten trophy-laden years at Real Madrid.
Varane’s signing strengthens United in defence and Wright believes it is a ‘magnificent’ signing.
Ian Wright has praised Manchester United’s ‘magnificent’ signing of defender Raphael Varane
On his show with Kelly Coates, Wrighty and Kelly, the Arsenal legend said: ‘For him to go to Manchester United now, in his prime. It’s a magnificent signing. He’s a top player.’
Wright added that by signing Varane they have three ‘world class’ defenders in the Frenchman, captain Harry Maguire and left-back Luke Shaw.
He said: ‘I still feel that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is still the best defensive right-back in the country. Lindelof can do a good job against Harry Maguire, which he’s done, but you see the stakes.
The Arsenal legend believes United’s defence now matches the quality of their attack
Wright said there are three ‘world class defenders at United including Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw
‘Now they’ve got world class next to Harry Maguire and, for me, Luke Shaw is world class. That’s it. It’s shored up.
‘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.’
Varane was Manchester United’s second big money move of the summer after finally signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m.
During his time at Real Madrid, Varane won four Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles, four Club World Cups and the World Cup with France.
He could be in contention for a place when the Red Devils face Southampton.
The £41m signing could be in contention to make his debut for United against Southampton