Manchester United are pushing center-back Raphael Varance’s move forward. RMC Sport reported late last week that United are the clear leaders.
Varane could partner with England international Harry Maguire at the heart of United defense.
This is possibly United’s best partnership since the successful days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. You have to prove it, but the potential is there.
And the strength of the Maguire-Varane partnership is key to United’s proposed midfield reorganization.
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ESPN report United are considering moving away from last season’s 4-2-3-1 formation and moving into a 4-3-3. This means that likely only one of Scott McTominay and Fred will be chosen in each game.
Last season the pair proved to be an effective partnership but were sometimes viewed as too undemanding, especially in big games where United experienced a series of 0-0 draws (twice against Chelsea, once against Arsenal and once against City) .
United’s new plan is obviously more risky, but the rest of the team is ready for it. With the arrival of Jadon Sancho, United have the extra quality of attack to break their defenses.
The biggest key to success is Varane. As an upgrade to Victor Lindelof, he brings United’s defense to a level.
United’s center-backs no longer need protection from a midfield two-man.
Instead, United can be more confident and secure in defense and play with less fear.
Both Varane and Maguire are strong in the air, confident in possession, step out of defense and complement each other well.
It’s a partnership that may take a little time to settle in, but once it does it could be among the best in Europe. You don’t need the extra protection of two defensive midfielders, especially against teams defending against United.
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Solskjaers United have been a strong offensive team from day one and they lost a little of that last season, clearly haunted by their early season home defeat to Tottenham.
The players have to prove they can get the 4-3-3 to work and Solskjaer has to stick to his plan and not turn back once there is a bad result.
United also need to get the Varane deal over the line. Fortunately, this looks pretty promising at the moment, but you can never be sure until it’s actually done.
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