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Erik ten Hag is helping Raphael Varane keep his Manchester United promise

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Raphael Varane would probably be the first to admit last season didn't go entirely according to plan. The French World Cup winner arrived at Manchester United a year ago with a big reputation.

He'd not only won the grandest prize of them all with his country, but was a serial trophy-winner from a decade spent at Real Madrid.

But a series of niggling injuries, as well as illness, interrupted his flow of games as the team posted a below-par sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

This summer United's new boss Erik ten Hag placed Varane on a bespoke training programme in order to address those individual issues - and so far the 29-year-old has repaid his manager with some accomplished and classy performances. Read more: United player ratings for season so far as Eriksen and Varane shine His partnership at centre-half with newcomer Lisandro Martinez has a nice look and feel about it, even if it means skipper Harry Maguire is having to twiddle his thumbs on the bench.

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