Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was completely pleased with Raphael Varane, insisting that he did ‘extremely well’ against Middlesbrough.
Though Man United crashed out of the FA Cup after losing 8-7 on penalties to Boro, they dominated the game for the majority of the time.
The Red Devils created loads of chances but failed to convert any, with Cristiano Ronaldo missing from the penalty spot.
Rangnick paired Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane at centre-back against Middlesbrough and the partnership was strong as the visitors were limited to very very few chances in the entire match.
The German boss was pleased with the World Cup winner’s performance, though the ex-Real Madrid star was replaced in the 90th-minute Phil Jones.
Rangnick said ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Burnley on Tuesday night: “I think he [Raphael Varane] has arrived in the meantime, he seems to be physically fit, has no issues anymore with injuries, up until he was substituted he did extremely well with Harry [Maguire] against a Championship team but an ambitious Championship team.
“I’m very happy to have him for tomorrow’s game, hopefully, we can have him in the same form for the upcoming games.”
Jadon Sancho opened the scoring in the first half with a superb strike, a few minutes after his initial effort hit the crossbar, Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrobatic effort was saved and the Portuguese missing from the spot.
Rangnick said Manchester United would have won the game with over six goals difference if they took their chances.
And the former RB Leipzig manager isn’t wrong over his claim, given the number of big chances United lavished throughout the game.
Rangnick said: “There are two points of criticism that we all have to face. One: we wasted too many clear-cut chances, 22 shots inside the box, 10 were massive opportunities and we should easily have been 3-0 up at half-time. It should have been 6-1 or 6-2.”
Manchester United will look to maintain their place in the top-four when they play visitors to Burnley on Tuesday night.
United occupy the 4th position and a win over the Clarets would keep their top-four hopes alive.