Raphael Varane has discussed his ‘intense’ debut for Manchester United and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
Varane made his first appearance for the Red Devils during the club’s 1-0 win at Wolves on Sunday, producing an impressive display alongside Harry Maguire and providing the assist for Mason Greenwood’s winner.
The summer signing from Real Madrid reflected on his maiden appearance in the Premier League and admits it was a ‘good feeling’ to secure three points at Molineux.
“A good feeling! I was very, very happy to be here and to help the team get this victory,” he told manutd.com. “The feeling is absolutely amazing. The Premier League is very intense. The game it’s very fast and you know when you play this game, you are very concentrated and it’s very intense. I came here for that feeling.”
Varane was asked whether the atmosphere or intensity was the biggest difference between the Premier League and Spanish football, admitting that maintaining focus is essential given the frenetic pace of the game in England.
“The atmosphere is fantastic, and the game is very fast,” he said. “You have a lot of action during the game. You have to be focused and very concentrated because it never stops. It’s attack, attack, counter-attack and it’s very fast.”
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The France international also discussed his fledgling partnership with Harry Maguire at centre-back, with the 28-year-old set to feature alongside the club captain in central defence.
Varane praised Maguire’s qualities as a player and says the duo have swiftly established ‘good communication’.
“Very good. He’s a good player. We had good communication, that’s very important, and the same spirit: to fight and to win the game.”
Varane also spoke on the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, with the Red Devils having reached an agreement with Juventus over the signing of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Ronaldo starred alongside Varane during their time together at Real Madrid and the defender believes the 36-year-old will be a huge help to both the side and their emerging young players.
“I am very happy,” he said. “He’s a legend and all players can learn when you play with him.
“It’s a great help for all players, for all young players, and of course he never stops scoring goals, so he will help the team.”