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Varane savours intense United debut and relishing Ronaldo reunion

Raphael Varane revelled in an "intense" Premier League debut for Manchester United as he looks forward to reuniting with Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

Varane savours intense United debut and relishing Ronaldo reunion
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Raphaël Varane was able to reflect on a winning debut for Manchester United, as he revelled in the intensity of the Premier League. Signed from Real Madrid over the summer, World Cup-winning defender Varane made his debut in United's 0-1 win over Wolves on Sunday.

Varane caps debut with assist

Partnering Harry Maguire at the back, Varane made a team-high five clearances and provided the assist for Mason Greenwood's fortuitous late winner.

"A good feeling! I was very, very happy to be here and to help the team get this victory," the 28-year-old told United media. "The feeling is absolutely amazing. The Premier League is very intense. The game, it's very fast. I came here for that feeling."

Asked if the major difference between his experiences in Spain and England was the intensity or the atmosphere, Varane replied: "Both. The atmosphere is fantastic, and the game is very fast. You have a lot of action during the game. You have to be focused and very concentrated because it never stops. It's attack, attack, counter-attack and it's very fast."

Ronaldo back at Old Trafford

Varane is soon to be joined at United by former Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who is to return to Old Trafford after leaving 12 years ago. United agreed a deal with Juventus on Friday for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who underwent a medical in Portugal this weekend and is expected to finalise his move before Tuesday's deadline.

"I am very happy. He's a legend and all players can learn when you play with him," Varane said of Ronaldo. "It's a great help for all players, for all young players, and of course he never stops scoring goals, so he will help the team."