Rio Ferdinand fires warning to incoming Raphael Varane

Photo: Raphael Varane

Manchester United are reportedly close to sealing off a deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

The Frenchman is one of the best centre-backs in the modern era, and comes with a huge reputation having won four Champions League trophies.

The 28-year-old is expected to form a solid partnership with Harry Maguire in the centre of defence for Manchester United next season, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to solve the team’s defensive problems.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has admitted that the deal looks good on paper, however he has questioned whether Varane will be able to cope with the intensity of the Premier League.

Ferdinand has warned Varane that the Premier League is a different animal and the style of play could expose even the very best.

“On paper it looks a very, very good combination,” the United legend said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

“But he’s got to understand the English game is very different. You’ve got to go to Burnley and places like that.

“Sometimes it can be up and at ’em, a different style of football in the Premier League to anything he’s played in before.

“Can he deal with it? They’re the questions he’s going to get asked.

“Balls getting wrapped around his ear holes, crosses from different angles that he hasn’t seen on a consistent basis in Spain where they play more on the floor, slower football, slower build up.

“So he’s going to be asked to defend in a different way and that’s where he’s going to have to show his real class, can he adapt? That”s the real question.

“I genuinely believe he’s got the tools to do that.”