Verdict given on Varane after making his Manchester United debut

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Raphael Varane sealed a £34m move to Manchester United this summer after ending a decade long stay with Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old made his Manchester United debut on Sunday in the 1-0 win over Wolves, and it was a fine performance from the France international, as United kept a first clean sheet of the season.

Former Manchester United defender Mikaël Silvestre hailed the calming influence of Varane in the defence, and backed the Frenchman to play a major role in helping Manchester United’s defence become solid in the club’s quest to win the title for the first time since 2013.

“(Varane’s) coming to the club at a time where he is on top of his game,” Silvestre, who spent nine seasons with the Red Devils, told, on behalf of NetBet.

“He is the finished article as a centre back and he has so much to give to the team and that partnership in the backline.

“He brings leadership and experience and alongside Harry (Maguire), I think it will be very important.

“They both need to stay fit, and they need to gel together as quick as possible to give the team that platform to be more attacking.

“The midfield and forward line need to have that confidence that it will be difficult to beat Manchester United this season.”