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Raphael Varane plays all 90 minutes for France and shuts down Marko Arnautovic

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Raphael Varane has been a key player for Manchester United in recent weeks, only against two goals in 495 minutes of club football.

Varane continued his vicious defensive streak as France defeated Austria 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.


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Last season, Varane suffered two injuries during his international service and so far seems to have avoided the same fate, luckily for Manchester United.

Varane completed all 90 minutes for France, with Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud scoring the goals in the UEFA Nations League victory.

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Varane plays all 90 minutes for France

Varane captained France and was outstanding all along while Les Bleus kept a clean sheet against his former United interim boss.

Ralf Rangnick’s Austria was well beaten, failing a single shot on target in the defeat and managing just 39 percent of the ball.

Varane has completely blunted the threat of Rangnick’s star striker Marko Arnautovic, who has been controversial. in connection with a move to Manchester United last month.

Arnautovic has been in good shape for Bologna this season, where he Serie A top scorer with six goalsso shutting him down was impressive from Varane.

Rangnick replaced Arnautovic in the 64th minute after failing to make an impact.

Varane lined up as part of a three-man defense with Jules Koude and Benoit Badiashile, while France played a 3-4-1-2 formation.

The Manchester United attacker completed 92 per cent of his passes, made 14 recoveries, four clearances and won three of three aerial duels.

Now we hope French boss Didier Deschamps give Varane a rest when they face Denmark, one of their World Cup opponents, on Sunday.

This would give the United defender a week’s rest before the Manchester derby so that he is fresh.

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