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Raphael Varane declares United’s intention to win against City

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By Martin Graham | 30th Sep 2022

Raphael Varane has rallied the troops ahead of the Manchester derby this Sunday. The France international defender claims it is vital for the fans that United wins games like this.

Club football returns this weekend with some exciting matches. Manchester United have found a rich vein of form and will test how far they’ve come under Erik Ten Hag this weekend against Manchester City. Ten Hag has to find a formula to stop the rampaging City side led by Pep Guardiola and free-scoring Erling Haaland.

Many wonder what the battle between Haaland and Lisandro Martinez will be like. Haaland has scored in every Premier League game this season bar one and is the main headliner for Manchester City.

Lisandro Martine has formed a strong partnership with World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane. The Frenchman has yet to hit the form he showed at Real Madrid but is gradually getting into his stride. The partnership he enjoys with Martinez will be severely tested this weekend against Manchester City, and the Frenchman has said the team would do everything to keep the fans happy.

Raphael Varane sounds the battle cry

Following losses in their first two Premier League games this season, Manchester United have gone on a four-game winning streak to create new credentials for the Red Devils. Erik Ten Hag seems to have found a formula that works, and it sees Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw featuring less for the team. The two English men have been the poster boys for United’s failures.

Ahead of the Manchester derby, Raphael Varane has sounded the battle cry as he tries to rally the troops to produce the kind of performance that would please their fans on Sunday.

The former Real Madrid defender said during the international break the passion of the fans during derbies was key to their performance. He urged the fans to play their part as it spurs them on. During an interview transcribed by L’Equipe, Varane highlighted the importance of performing well on big occasions.

The importance of rivalries

Raphael Varane has charged the fans to get behind the team as they take on some of the top sides in the Premier League. The Red Devils are on a tough assignment this Sunday. They seek to inflict the first loss of the season on Pep Guardiola and his wards.

An interesting battle involving Varane and Erling Haaland is on the cards, and the fans hope to see an exciting game. The France international has claimed that the rivalry between the two sides is mainly from the supporters. Varane claims it is vital for them, and the players respect that. The multiple-time Champions League winner said the players want to make the fans happy, so they will fight and win against teams like Man City and Liverpool.

According to Varane, feeling what the fans want is vital. They have to deliver for them.

Varane has not been at his best since he arrived at Old Trafford last year, but Didier Deschamps has backed his defender.

Deschamps defended Varane, saying those who say he is not at his best should ask if United have been at their best.

United seem to have turned a corner and went into the international break a transformed side following four Premier League wins on the trot.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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