Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Raphael Varane’s unveiling at Man Utd

Ronaldo on Varane

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was impressed by Manchester United’s grand unveiling of Raphael Varane at Old Trafford.

The Red devils have been criticised this week for the delay in officially announcing the £42.7m deal to sign the Frenchman from Real Madrid.

However, United made the most of the hold up as they allowed their fans to give their new signing a huge welcome at the club on Saturday.

Shortly before their Premier League opening game against Leeds United, United confirmed Varane’s deal and the central defender walked on to the pitch at Old Trafford holding his No.19 shirt.

Varane was greeted by a standing ovation from the club supporters, while Old Trafford was filled with over 72,000 fans for the first time since the pandemic.

United’s decision to unveil Varane in front of a full Old Trafford was praised by many, and Ronaldo also appeared to support the gesture as he replied ‘grande’ which means ‘great’ to Rio Ferdinand’s Instagram video of the event on Saturday.

United got their season off to an outstanding start with a 5-1 win over Leeds and Solskjaer described Varane’s pre-match unveiling as a ‘nice moment’ for the France international.

‘I haven’t spoken to him after the game,’ said Solskjaer. ‘But, of course, it was a nice moment for him and it was a nice moment for the fans, them together, they look forward to seeing them, he looks forward to seeing his teammates.

‘I’m looking forward to working with him. Top professional, I’ve followed his career throughout and you just see the way he conducts himself, the way he lives his life.

‘All the chats I’ve had with him and the club has had with him, we’ve got a top human being and a top player.’


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