A look back at Raphael Varane’s beginnings at Lens, Real Madrid and France – .

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A look back at Raphael Varane’s beginnings at Lens, Real Madrid and France – .


Raphael Varane could make his Manchester United debut in less than a fortnight.

United will kick off the season against Leeds on August 14, and if the France international isn’t quite ready for this game, then the following week against Southampton awaits him.

Varane hasn’t had too many debuts in his career, as United will only be the third club he’s played for. Fortunately, his first matches went well.

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The beginnings of the goal

Varane made his debut for Lens at the age of 17, in November 2010. Tottenham’s Serge Aurier was part of the same quartet.

Varane’s task was to face Montpellier, led by Olivier Giroud, later Arsenal and Chelsea and now AC Milan. The duo won the World Cup together eight years later.

On this occasion, Varane won. Lens won the game 2-0, against the team that won the Ligue 1 title a year later in 2011/12.

Varane had only played because of an injury. He ended up keeping his place and ending the 2010/11 season with 23 Ligue 1 appearances, and caught the attention of Manchester United before Real Madrid stepped in.

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Debut at Real Madrid

Raphael Varane’s debut for Real Madrid in 2011 did not result in a victory. But he did his part perfectly.

Varane was named a starter against Racing Santander, who have since moved up from La Liga to Spain’s third tier.

Real and Racing drew 0-0, Varane doing his job in keeping his clean sheet, partnering with veteran Ricardo Carvalho in a modified baseline with Sergio Ramos left on the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, then substitutes Angel di Maria, Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain all failed to make the breakthrough for Jose Mourinho’s side in attack.

debuts in France

It’s a bit of a surprise that Raphaël Varane had to wait until 2013 to make his international debut in France. France had curiously excluded him from his team for Euro 2012, preferring more experienced options.

Varane’s French debut came against Georgia in a World Cup qualifier in March 2013.

He teamed up with then-Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, with then-Juventus’ Paul Pogba starring in the midfield.

France’s Varane won the game 3-1, with Mathieu Valbuena, Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribéry scoring the goals.

Ahead of his potential Manchester United debut, Varane should be confident, although it has been eight years since his last.

Now 28, Varane will be ready for his Manchester United debut. With two of three wins on his previous debut and just one conceded goal, his record is pretty good to suggest he can have an immediate impact.

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