Man Utd boss Solskjaer explains what Varane is like in private ahead of Southampton clash

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up ahead of Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Southampton. The Red Devils go into the game seeking a second consecutive win of the campaign. They were far too strong for Leeds last weekend, winning 5-1 in a high-octane display at Old Trafford.

Manchester United could give Raphael Varane his debut on Sunday.

And, speaking ahead of the match against Southampton at St Mary’s, Solskjaer opened up on how the World Cup winner had adjusted to life at the club.

Varane recently joined from Real Madrid and was unveiled to the crowd before the hammering of Leeds, with Ole Trafford jubilantly welcoming him to English football.

And Solskjaer said: “He’s been humble, inquisitive.

“He asks questions, he doesn’t want to learn by a mistake in the game but on the training field before he goes on the pitch. Everything about him has been impressive.”

“I think if you’ve followed football the last 10 years, that’s the reason we want to sign him, over his career, it’s no secret we were close when he left Real Madrid 10 yearrs ago, Sir Alex Ferguson was there speaking to them, we were close, and ever since his performances on the pitch, behaviour and demeanour off the pitch tell me that’s a MU player and we tried to convince him to have the feeling of MU.

“That’s been in his heart ever since he went to MU, and we have had feelings for him for many, many years.

“Champions League, World Cup wins, everything about him is class.

“Quick strong, good in the air, can play with both feet, the short answer is everything about him is what you want.”

Solskjaer also revealed Jadon Sancho, as well as Varane, had been training hard, too. 

“Well, you’ll see you on Sunday [Varane and Sancho],” he said.

“They’ve worked well, they’ve had minutes, we’ve had a very good week ourselves and we’ll see who is making the flight down on Saturday.”

The Norweigan was asked about Paul Pogba’s situation as well.

The France international was devastating against Leeds, registering four assists as his ran ran riot.

And Solskjaer said of contract talks: “That’s negotiations with Paul’s representatives and the club.

“For me, me and Paul work together every day and we keep on trying to improve, improve the team and to enjoy ourselves when we just have to make sure we don’t make this one game and everyone flys off on it with the big headlines and the praise we get.

“It’s about bringing the energy and being even better.One swallow never makes a summer.”

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