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Varane explains why he's 'happier' at Man United as Scholes makes Fred admission

Published on: 23 September 2022

Here are your Manchester United evening headlines on Friday, September 23.

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has admitted that he is 'happy' this season after enduring an 'irregular' campaign last term following his arrival from Real Madrid.

United signed the centre-back from Los Blancos on a four-year deal in August 2021, with Varane arriving for a fee of £34m, which could eventually rise to £42m with add-ons. The 28-year-old — who won three La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with Real during a 10-year stay — has made 35 appearances for United since signing for the club.

While Varane has missed 17 matches through injury and illness during his United career so far, he has featured in six of Erik ten Hag's side's matches so far this campaign, starting on five occasions. He has established a solid partnership with Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez at the heart of the backline, with the pair forming a much-improved defence alongside Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia.

The France international has since opened up about the club's difficult season last time out, insisting that the team have made a positive start to the new season.

Read what Varane had to say about United's season so far here.

Manchester United great Paul Scholes has explained exactly what Christian Eriksen and Casemiro — as well as Bruno Fernandes — can teach Scott McTominay and Fred to make them better footballers.

United have undergone plenty of change in their midfield under Erik ten Hag with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all leaving the club. Eriksen and Casemiro have moved to Old Trafford to replace them and the former has impressed Ten Hag enough to earn a regular place in the starting line-up, despite arriving without a transfer fee.

Currently, McTominay has shown signs of improvements and has kept his place in the team. However, this has not stopped Scholes suggesting how the Scottish international could learn from a player like Casemiro.

Speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, Scholes explained: "[I look for] intelligence. Clever players with a brain.


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