Manchester United’s legendary former central defender Rio Ferdinand has cautioned that the English Premier League will be a new ball game for Raphael Varane.
As Futaa reported on Tuesday, Varane is set to be announced as Man United’s new footballer in the coming days.
While Varane will arrive with three LaLiga titles, three UEFA Champions League titles and a FIFA World Cup medal under his belt, Ferdinand has highlighted how LaLiga will be different to the EPL.
“On paper it looks a very, very good combination, but he’s got to understand the English game is very different. You’ve got to go to Burnley and places like that,” Rio said as quoted by Goal.
“Sometimes it can be up and at ’em, a different style of football in the Premier League to anything he’s played in before.
“Can he deal with it? They’re the questions he’s going to get asked.
“Balls getting wrapped around his ear holes, crosses from different angles that he hasn’t seen on a consistent basis in Spain where they play more on the floor, slower football, slower build up.
The former England captain concluded to express a belief that Varane has the ability to step up and succeed as United’s central defender.
“So he’s going to be asked to defend in a different way and that’s where he’s going to have to show his real class, can he adapt? That’s the real question.
“I genuinely believe he’s got the tools to do that,” Ferdinand concluded.
For now, United is preparing to take on Brentford in a preseason friendly on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
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