Raphael Varane reflects on honour to captain Manchester United

Manchester United Leeds in the first game of the pre-season tour this evening.

Erik ten Hag used the occasion to field two different teams — one in the first half, another in the second half — to ensure that as many of the squad as possible got minutes on the pitch.

Raphael Varane led United out as captain as he featured in the starting line-up. Both clubs were celebrating former player Gordon McQueen, who passed away last month.

“It was really an honour for me to be captain of that game,” Varane said, as per the Manchester Evening News. “I know he was a legend of both clubs and to represent the club, whilst captain, for that occasion was an honour. I think there’s a big memory for both clubs and a big respect from the fans too.”

While United started with an experienced line-up, Varane and co were replaced at half-time. The younger lads had better luck in front of goal as our two goals came after the break.

“I think there are no friendly games, we always want to win, the youngsters got the job done. So congrats ton them. We keep working hard to be ready for the start of the season.”

It will be a huge boost to have Varane fully fit ahead of the new season. The same applies for his centre-back partner Lisandro Martinez.

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