Ray Parlour was effusive in his reward of recent Manchester United signing Raphael Varane after his composed debut in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
The France worldwide, who moved to Outdated Trafford from Actual Madrid this summer season, has a burgeoning trophy cupboard from his time within the Spanish capital and a World Cup winner’s medal in addition.
But after a decade in Spain, the 28-year-old determined to as soon as once more transfer out of his consolation zone and take a look at himself within the Premier League as he nears the height of his profession.
His first style of top-flight English soccer got here in opposition to Bruno Lage’s rampaging Wolves crew at Molineux and the elegant defender was at his refined finest within the 1-Zero win.
In addition to preserving a clear sheet, it was Varane’s raking cross from deep which discovered Mason Greenwood to attain the winner, exemplifying the standard the centre-back will deliver on and off the ball.
Talking on Thursday morning, Parlour in contrast the affect of Varane to that of United legend Rio Ferdinand and Manchester City stalwart Ruben Dias – who received the Soccer Writers’ Participant of the Yr as City lifted the Premier League title and reached the ultimate of the Champions League.
“I feel Varane had a very good recreation,” he stated on Breakfast. “He regarded like a Rolls-Royce.
“You understand like Rio again in his day for Manchester United?”
“Varane might be precisely the identical as Ruben Dias,” Parlour added. “The affect he made at Manchester City, they’ll actually have a go.
“You understand Harry Maguire performs each recreation, he’s a pacesetter, and if they will get the partnership in the way in which that John Stones has actually benefitted.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might hardly include his pleasure when reviewing Varane’s debut, complementing the skilled defender on his management abilities behind the scenes as effectively.
“Prime, prime efficiency,” Solskjaer stated of Varane. “This was welcome to the Premier League: tempo, hustle and bustle, tackling, he needed to defend counter-attacks.
“He’s good within the air, he’s so composed on the ball, he’s so skilled and nothing fazes him. He was good within the dressing room earlier than the sport and at half-time, I’m delighted along with his efficiency.
“I assumed he confirmed his class.”
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