Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides Raphael Varane transfer update, reveals if Frenchman and Jadon Sancho will face Leeds, and talks pressure

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides Raphael Varane transfer update, reveals if Frenchman and Jadon Sancho will face Leeds, and talks pressure

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided a further update on Raphael Varane’s transfer from Real Madrid.

The Red Devils confirmed a deal was in place in late July but it’s yet to be fully ratified.


France star Varane is known as one of the world’s best defenders Now, though, Solskjaer has insisted all is okay with the deal and it’s just a case of completing formalities on the £43million move.

He told ESPN: “It depends on how you look at it.

“Of course, I would have liked to have had a few winners coming back [from Euro 2020 and Copa America], that would have been good.

“Transfer-wise, we’ve done our business early. [Varane] hasn’t done his medical yet, but that should be OK. I’m very pleased with what we’ve done.”


Solskjaer has had a big summer in the transfer market And queried whether his new star duo would be available to face Leeds United in their opening match, he replied: “They still haven’t trained with us, and I need to see how they are.

“I can’t see them being available for Everton [a pre-season friendly this weekend], but hopefully they will be ready to be on the bench [against Leeds].”

Man United’s summer business has certainly got fans excited and Solskjaer praised technical director Darren Fletcher and new football director John Murtough for their hard work off the pitch.

“John and Fletch are doing a very good job,” the Norwegian added.

“The whole system has worked. We’ve identified the players early on, and with Jadon, we spoke about him 12 months ago, at least. John and Fletch coming in has been a big plus.


Sancho is finally a Manchester United player, with the England winger bringing a huge new attacking presence to Solskjaer’s attack Having finished second in the Premier League last season, Manchester United must now be targeting a title tilt.

And despite signing a new contract with the club, Solskajer admitted failure to bring success will bring pressure and the possibility of losing his job.

He said: “There’s always pressure here to win the league and to win trophies. For me, it’s the pressure I put on myself and the pressure the players put on themselves to achieve the best you can. That the board also wanted to extend my contract is proof we’re going in the right direction, but we have to keep on moving in the right direction.

“Of course you’re happy when they approach you. I had a year [left], plus they had an option so there was still literally two years left, but I think maybe the signal of the continuity is important for the players as well that they know this is the way we want to do it.


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“For me, you have to do well enough to stay anyway. It doesn’t matter if you have a 10-year contract or a one-year contract: if you don’t do well, off you go.

“You feel under pressure all the time. At this club, with this responsibility, it’s not just clinging onto your job; it’s about the responsibility that’s in my hands. We’ve got millions of fans, the players, the club, the staff… and the responsibility is on getting results. As long as you get results and improve, that’s what I felt that we’ve improved all the time. As long as you can see improvement.

“We’ve gone from third to second [in the Premier League] and a lot closer in points; we’ve gone from three semifinals to a final and one kick away from winning, so it’s about taking the next step now. That’s the challenge.”


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