Frenchman Raphael Varane scored his first goal for Manchester United as he helped the three-game European champions thrash Brentford in a Premier League clash played at the Theatre of Dreams earlier in the week. The ex-Lens and Real Madrid central defender scored the third Manchester United goal in a 3-0 home win over West London outfit Brentford on Monday night.
Manchester United made a big transfer statement with the signing of Varane from Real Madrid at the end of last season. The French international wanted a new challenge after several years in the Spanish capital of Madrid and the Red Devils gave him what he wanted by paying around £34m for his transfer. His time at Old Trafford has been affected by injuries. He came back from his latest injury setback during the 3-1 loss at North London giants Arsenal towards the end of last month. Varane could not stop the Gunners from scoring three times through the likes of Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka (penalty) and Granit Xhaka, while Cristiano Ronaldo was responsible for the only United goal.
Varane and his Manchester United teammates came into the Brentford game this week on the back of a three-game winless run. An early goal from Portuguese midfielder Fernandes off the assist from young Sweden international Anthony Elangawould go on to calm the nerves nine minutes into the game as the fans had protested against the club owners before the game on the occasion of the final home match in the league this season. Five-time Ballond’or winner Ronaldo and the aforementioned Varane added further goals in the second half to make it a comprehensive scoreline for the Red Devils.
Manchester United began the Brentford game in sixth place and with a three-point lead over West Ham United in seventh place and they were able to stretch that lead to six points with the big win. Only sixth spot would be good enough for Europa League with seventh spot meant for the UEFA Conference League.