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Manchester United: Mark Goldbridge hails ‘unbelievable’ Raphael Varane

Manchester United: Mark Goldbridge hails 'unbelievable' Raphael Varane - Manchester United News

Mark Goldbridge has hailed the impact of Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane after the EFL Cup final win, describing him as ‘unbelievable’.

The Lowdown: United seal EFL Cup glory

The Red Devils beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, sealing their first trophy success since the Europa League triumph in 2017.

It is a great achievement for Erik ten Hag in his first season in charge at United and there is a feeling that something special is being built after years of disappointment.

New signings have made a huge difference, not least Varane, who was colossal against Newcastle, winning all three of his aerial duels and making four clearances.

The Latest: ‘Unbelievable’

Taking to Twitter, Goldbridge lauded the influence of the towering Frenchman in United’s defence:

“So glad Varane is finally getting recognition he’s deserved all season. Been unbelievable since coming in after that Brentford loss. Best right footed CB in the league for me.”

The Verdict: Born winner

Varane may have taken a little time to get going at United but his brilliance is now shining through, and he is showing why he is a four-time Champions League winner, also being described as ‘outstanding’ by David May.

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That winning mentality was priceless on Sunday, as he and Casemiro used all their vast experience to help manage the game, rarely allowing Newcastle to lay a glove on them.

Varane’s partnership with Lisandro Martinez has been a key reason for United’s success this season and the 93-cap France international can continue to be a key man for several years to come, with his current deal not expiring until 2025.

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