Man Utd v Leeds: Match in pictures
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Manchester United new boy Raphael Varane has finally donned the club’s colours for the first time since joining. The France international has arrived from Real Madrid in a deal worth close to £40million. And he’s expected to play a big role for the Red Devils following his unveiling on Saturday.
Manchester United faced off against Leeds on Saturday, winning 5-1 with Bruno Fernandes the star of the show.
But, before the match at Old Trafford got under way, the Red Devils unveiled Varane to the footballing world.
Fans screamed in jubilance as the former Real Madrid star took to the field in a suit, holding the club’s red home shirt.
And, now, Varane has sported the club’s colours for the first time.
The 2018 World Cup winner filmed himself in the Red Devils’ training gear while in the gym, with the club keen for him to play as quickly as possible.
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He said: “Hi everyone, I’m very excited to be here.
“Thanks for the atmosphere at Old Trafford – thank you very much. I’m very happy to be here and I’m ready to work hard.”
Varane also said in an official statement that he’d ‘give everything’ to ensure he becomes a United hit.
Having grown up idolising Rio Ferdinand, the France international is now living the dream by playing for the Red Devils.
And he said: “Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.
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“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.
“Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.
“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”
Varane’s unveiling came before United thumped Leeds, producing a sublime performance brimming with attacking intent.
Fernandes got the ball rolling in the 30th minute, with his strike trickling over the line.
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Luke Ayling equalised for the visitors but Mason Greenwood then fired United ahead, neatly finishing after a pinpoint cross from Paul Pogba.
Fernandes then notched twice in six minutes, with Fred adding gloss late on with a tidy strike after more good work from Pogba.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer addressed the arrival of Varane.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years.
“Raphaël is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is.
“We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skill set and leadership to that group.
“He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.
“He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can’t wait to welcome him into the squad.”
Varane could make his debut for United when they lock horns with Southampton on Sunday (2pm).
The Red Devils won 3-2 in the same fixture last term, with Edinson Cavani scoring twice after coming off the bench.
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