Raphael Varane aiming to recreate "best partnership in world football" with Harry Maguire

Raphael Varane is looking to emulate his Sergio Ramos partnership – hailed by Gary Neville as the “best in world football” – with Harry Maguire.

The centre-half left Real Madrid for Manchester United in the summer.

Varane’s contract was winding down and Los Blancos were forced into his sale in what was a major coup for the Red Devils.

Adding a partner for Maguire was a priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer and the French defender has begun embedding himself in the United backline.

He made his debut in the win at Wolves and also played against Newcastle – both appearances coming alongside Maguire.

Varane is keen to develop his relationship with the United skipper, as well as the club’s other defenders.

“Yeah I think he [Harry] is a great player,” he told Premier League Productions.

“I think we have to work hard to feel comfortable on the pitch. Every defender in this team, we have to feel connected on the pitch and we will be better together.

“We have to move together, we have to be motivated together. We have to be moving with one another so that’s an important connection and we have to feel comfortable on the pitch.”

Alongside Ramos Varane was able to win four Champions League titles. He also added three La Liga triumphs alongside the Spaniard.

Neville described the pair as among “the best partnerships in world football” such was their success.

But the United new boy has cited the longevity and continuity they enjoyed as major pluses.

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He added: “With Sergio Ramos I had 10 years to know him and how he moved and how I have to move to be complementary with him,” added Raphael.

“Every day we learn and every day we will do better and improve.”

Varane was one of three major new faces to head to Old Trafford in the summer.

Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo both moved to Manchester which further bolsters United’s title credentials as they aim to end a trophy drought that dates back to 2017.

Varane admits the direction of the club was a major factor in him joining following conversations with Solskjaer and compatriot Paul Pogba.

“Ole spoke to me about the ambition of the team, and how I would feel playing for Manchester United,” he told Sky Sports.

“Paul spoke to me about the club, about the atmosphere, about the expectations. Of course, he is a great player. But he also has very good, positive energy.

“He is a leader for the group. I’ve known him for a very long time so I’m happy to play with him.”

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