What does Raphaël Varane bring to Manchester United tactically? How much of their issues does he solve?

Image 1: Raphaël Varane in United’s kit. (Fabrizio Romano’s edit)

How does Varane help or change the way Solskjær’s United play? What problems does he fix?

Pressing and recovering

Left: United before Varane. Right: United with Varane.
Left: Sweeping behind Maguire from long balls. Right: Recovery pace from balls through channels.
Left: United without Varane. Right: United with Varane.

Conceding from Set Pieces

Figure 1: Worst 5 teams in PL from set-pieces.

Ball Playing

Figure 2: Varane long passing range.


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