Solskjaer explains what he liked about Varane before signing World Cup-winner

Raphael Varane could be set to make his Manchester United debut this weekend against Southampton.

The Reds are looking to make it two wins on the bounce at St. Mary’s after hammering Leeds United 5-1 on the opening weekend of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about his team selection for Sunday’s game but he predictably avoided revealing too much. As quoted by the Manchester Evening News (with some abbreviation edits below*), the manager answers a question on Jadon Sancho and Varane getting minutes: “Well, you’ll see on Sunday [Varane and Sancho]. They’ve worked well, they’ve had minutes, we’ve had a very good week ourselves and we’ll see who is making the flight down on Saturday.”

We got to see a few glimpses of Sancho last weekend against Leeds and he’s in my predicted XI to face the Saints — Varane on the bench.

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Everyone is understandably excited to see Varane playing in a United shirt and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get 30 minutes or so on the pitch.

Andy Mitten asked Solskjaer a question on Varane, to which he responded: “I think if you’ve followed football the last 10 years, that’s the reason we want to sign him, over his career, it’s no secret we were close when he left Real Madrid 10 years ago. Sir Alex was there speaking to team, we were close, and ever since his performance on the pitch, behaviour and demeanour off the pitch tell me that’s a Manchester United player and we tried to convince him to have the feeling of Manchester United.

“That’s been in his heart ever since he went to Manchester United, and we have had feelings for him for many, many years. Champions League, World Cup wins, everything about him is class. Quick strong, good in the air, can play with both feet, the short answer is everything about him is what you want. He’s been humble, he’s inquisitive, he asks questions, he doesn’t wanna learn by a mistake in the game, he wants to learn it on the training field, everything about him has been impressive.”

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