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The Transfer Of Raphael Varane To Manchester United Makes Tactical Sense But It Also Doesnt

This summer, Rafael Varane could join Manchester United.
He might not be able to.
Real Madrid are ready to selling the French centre-back if the appropriate deal can be found, as Adam Crafton reported a month ago, and Varane, whose contract with Madrid expires next season, is understood to be open to fresh footballing challenges outside of Spain.
Varane is a free agent, and United is one of only a few clubs in Europe that could (in principle) pay him this summer.
The Athletic have pondered contacting the fire department because there is *just* enough smoke in the situation.Raphael Varane to United is a tactically sound transfer.
But it also doesn’t. Last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team had a weird defense.
According to Opta, they conceded 24 goals in open play from an Expected Goals Against figure of 29.9, implying that there was something in the secret sauce that was preventing shots that “should” have gone in.
United, on the other hand, conceded 14 goals from set pieces last season, with an Expected Figure of 8.9, indicating that they had a vulnerability on free kicks and corners that was easily exploitable. If they want to win silverware in 2021-22, they’ll need defensive reinforcements and a reworked set-piece tactical strategy.

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