The purchase of Raphael Varane is crucial to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new Man United midfield strategy.

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The purchase of Raphael Varane is crucial to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new Man United midfield strategy.

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is expected to join Manchester United.

The presence of two holding midfielders was a characteristic of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team last season, with Scott McTominay and Fred usually lining up together in the center of the pitch. The presence of star player Bruno Fernandes in the number 10 role, as well as Solskjaer’s dependence on the partnership, had a big knock-on impact for Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba.

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In his first season at Old Trafford, Van van Beek only made four Premier League starts, while Pogba was shifted out wide after returning from a hamstring injury in April.

Solskjaer explained his decision to start McTominay and Fred on a regular basis in May, saying, “Scott and Fred don’t lose many games when they’re together, and you can go back in the stats and probably the last league game they lost together was probably Watford last season, which is quite a long time ago.”

According to ESPN, Solskjaer is considering changing the way United plays, which ‘could spell the end for the midfield combo of Fred and Scott McTominay,’ according to the report.

Raphael Varane of Real Madrid could be the ‘key’ to Solskjaer’s strategy.

Solskjaer is said to want to “use more of his attacking players in his starting XI on a regular basis,” and that he may only deploy one holding midfielder.

According to the source, Solskjaer feels that the new approach will allow Pogba or Van de Beek to play with Fernandes on a more regular basis.

However, Solskjaer will have to forego the defensive steadiness that McTominay and Fred have provided him.

As a result, United’s search for a new center-back is thought to be “critical to the concept.”

Varane is United’s primary target, since the France international’s contract with Real Madrid expires next summer and he appears to be on his way out during the current transfer window.

The agreement for Varane is ‘close,’ according to The Sun, and a formal announcement may come as soon as next week.

Varane, widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, would provide United with more defensive stability and allow Solskjaer to play more attacking players in his lineup.

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