Martial: ‘Raphael Varane will bring a lot to Manchester United’

The French forward gave his assessment on his international team-mate.
Raphael Varane. Credit: Getty.Raphael Varane. Credit: Getty.
Raphael Varane. Credit: Getty.

Anthony Martial believes Raphael Varane will be a great addition to the Manchester United dressing room.

The 28-year-old defender was announced as the Red Devils’ third summer signing on Saturday before being unveiled on the Old Trafford pitch ahead of the 5-1 victory over Leeds.

Martial, who has played with Varane at international level, has said the former Real Madrid man will be a huge boost to the United side, along with other new recruit Jadon Sancho.

“These are two really great players,” he told the club’s official website. "Varane, I know already, of course, and the skillset he has. I know he will bring a lot to our team, in addition to his long experience, so we are all really delighted with these two new players we have."

Varane will wear the no.19 jersey this season. Credit: Getty.Varane will wear the no.19 jersey this season. Credit: Getty.
Varane will wear the no.19 jersey this season. Credit: Getty.

"Varane is a big-time player," he continued. "I don’t think he will need too much time to adapt to his new environment, but I’m there for him for whatever little help or advice he may need."

"He has all his experience, - he’s a player who has won a lot during the time of his career at Real Madrid and also in the French national team, so I am sure he will bring all his powers, as he really is a top player and I know things are going to go well for him here at United."

Varane could make his debut against Southampton this Sunday after training with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.

However, as the centre-back continues to adapt to life in England, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be tempted to stick with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire in the heart of defence, after an impressive display from the pair against Leeds last weekend.