Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains decision to hand Raphael Varane his Man Utd debut

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Raphael Varane was ready to make his Manchester United debut, despite his lack of minutes since completing his transfer from Real Madrid.

The vastly experienced France international joined the Red Devils in a £34million deal earlier this month, but has been forced to wait to make his first appearance for his new club.

United started the season with a rousing 5-1 win over Leeds, before being held by Southampton at St Mary’s last week with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof starting at the heart of their defence.

Having begun to get used to his new surroundings, however, Solskjaer is confident one of his major summer recruits is ready for his debut, with Lindelof dropping to bench.

‘They [Varane & Sancho] are ready,’ said Solskjaer after also naming Jadon Sancho in his starting XI for the first time

‘They’ve worked hard. Of course Raphaël hasn’t had any game minutes yet, Jadon’s had a few minutes. He started against Burnley behind-closed-doors — they’re eager to get going.’

While United fans were delighted to get a first glimpse of Varane in action, they will have to wait a while longer to see Cristiano Ronaldo back on the pitch following his sensational return to the club.

‘The fans have been excited, we all are of course hopefully we can just finalise the paperwork and announce it,’ added Solskjaer.

‘He’s [Cristiano Ronaldo] going to give everyone a boost, of course. I played with him – great player, he’s a top human being, top professional.’

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