Raphael Varane confident of building formidable partnership with Harry Maguire

Raphael Varane has opened up about his time so far playing in defence alongside Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.

Speaking to Norwegian TV channel TV2, Varane said: “He’s a great player.

“On the field, we are still working to get to know each other better. We try to talk so that we can understand each other even better.”

Although they’ve managed to keep just one clean sheet after playing three games together, improvements from last season are already clear to see and we can see it getting better as the season goes on.

The World Cup-winner added: “It’s understandable that we need some time for things to be automated, but that’s going to happen because the defence is made up of quality players who have qualities that complement each other.

“I think we will gradually develop a better understanding and a better partnership, which in turn will allow us to perform and compete at our maximum level.”

The 28-year-old joined United from Real Madrid in the summer for a reported fee of £41 million (via Guardian), including add-ons, which was a brilliant piece of business.

We have had problems in defence for years and a signing like Varane was long overdue.

United fans will be hoping that Varane can craft out a foundation with Maguire like he had with Sergio Ramos for many years at Madrid.

The last defence partnership we had that worked was Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Matic, and that was many moons ago!

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