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Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has compared sacked boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. Solskjaer was dismissed after a run of seven defeats in 13 matches and Varane has made the link despite enjoying far more success under his countryman at the Bernabeu. 

The France international has endured a frustrating start to life since joining the Red Devils from the Spanish giants in the summer transfer window.  

He was signed as an upgraded partner for Harry Maguire but has only played in nine matches across all competitions.  

Varane played in six Premier League matches under Solskjaer before picking up successive injuries.  

The 28-year-old is currently absent with a hamstring problem suffered only weeks after returning from a groin issue. 

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He will make his comeback under a new boss after Solskjaer was dismissed. Ralf Rangnick has been placed in temporary charge and will be in the dugout for the first time when the Red Devils host Crystal Palace on Sunday.  

Varane has praised United legend Solskjaer for the job he did during his three years in the role.  

“I spoke with him before signing here,” Varane told the Times.  

“He’s a very good person and humble with important values and in the short time here he taught me a lot of things, values and a lot of things about the club, the mentality of the club. 

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“He represents a lot of things of this club: very respectful, humble. He always tried to do his best.” 

Solskjaer conducted an emotional interview with the club in-house media team after departing.  

Varane has revealed that he watched the video and has insisted that his former boss’ sensitivity is a ‘strength’.  

He also made a comparison between the Norwegian and his ex-Real manager Zidane, under whom he won three Champions Leagues and two Ligas.  

Varane feels that both coaches are honest with their players. 

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“Sometimes when you speak about something sensitive, it’s like a bit negative because it’s like a weakness,” the Frenchman added.  

“But it’s not true. It’s a strength. Because when he speaks with a player, he’s honest. 

“It’s important to manage and for leadership to be honest with his players and specially this point it’s similar with Zizou.  

“Maybe that’s why I like this feeling. It was a short time working with him but I learn a lot.”
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