Speaking on Sky Sports, the pundit explained why he believed the French defender was a part of the problem in United's defense, saying:
“It’s about the best partnership with centre-backs. Harry Maguire is better with Victor Lindelof. If we talk about Raphael Varane, he’s got off the hook because he’s been terrible. He’s been terrible since coming to the club.”
“You’ve got Maguire who wants to defend the halfway line and Varane who wants to defend up there, so they’re not level with each other. When Lindelof played the other night [in the 2-0 win over Brighton], United looked better, they looked better with those two. It’s about finding the best partnership but then the manager has to be strong and leave out a player who’s won the Champions League and the World Cup.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager might have a point, with United's defense leaking goals despite being assembled with plenty of riches. Varane, however, has not typically come under criticism since his arrival at Old Trafford. Much of the blame has gone to captain Harry Maguire.
The Red Devils will hope their defense can get their act together and see them through to Champions League qualification at the end of the season.
According to Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst, West Ham United star Declan Rice is keen on a switch to Manchester United. The reporter noted that Rice was a priority for the Red Devils, who have had the star on their radar for a few years.
Declan Rice has certainly attracted serious interest from European juggernauts, thanks to his brilliant performances for West Ham. According to the Telegraph, Chelsea have joined United in pursuit of the young star.