Raphael Varane pledged Manchester United would improve their disappointing season in a new era under Erik ten Hag.
Varane scored his first Red Devils goal in a 3-0 Premier League win over Brentford on Monday but has endured a largely frustrating first season in England following his move from Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, 25 of them starting but has been involved in just six clean sheets. United is sure to miss out on Champions League qualification ahead of the imminent arrival of new boss Ten Hag.
United have gone five years without winning a major trophy. Still, Varane, who featured as Madrid, were humbled 4-1 by Ten Hag’s Ajax team in the Champions League at the Bernabeu in March 2019, is expecting a better showing next term.
The France centre-back told MUTV of his first campaign with the club:
“Personally, it’s been an amazing experience, the feeling of being a player at Manchester United is something special.
“I’m always optimistic. I think the next season will be better.
“This season was something irregular. However, we will work to be ready to win trophies and do our best over the next few months.”
United announced the signing of the 2018 World Cup winner on the opening day of the Premier League season.
And Varane predicted he would benefit from having a full pre-season under his belt in the 2022-23 campaign.
“I hope to do a full pre-season, to be fit to help the team as much as possible. I want to do my best for this club and the fans,” he added.
Varane’s teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine of United’s last 12 Premier League goals after netting the team’s second against the Bees, and the defender was keen to hail the 37-year-old forward.
“It’s fantastic, he’s a great professional, and I think his talent is amazing. If he is on the pitch, he will score goals. It’s crazy,” Varane added.
“Even with his age, he has the hunger, and with his talent, he can help the team.”
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