Manchester United have officially reached an agreement with Real Madrid over the transfer of Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old French star is expected to fly to the United Kingdom later this week to undergo a medical examination before signing for the Red Devils.
With the French defender expected to join up with the United squad for pre-season after medicals, we have taken a look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can line up his star-studded team next season with both Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in starting XI.
Option 1: Lindelof Replacement
The boss is likely to stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation in 2021-22 and Varane could slot in alongside Harry Maguire as a straight replacement for Victor Lindelof who is yet to establish himself as an undisputed starter.
Option 2: At The Center Of a Back 3
Raphael Varane’s ball-playing skills could allow the Norwegian to change things up and switch to a back three for good. Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka would be used as wing-backs, giving the Red Devils more fluidity in attack.
Option 3: Playing With 1 Defensive Midfielder
Ole is often criticized for using two defensive midfielders but the Madrid center-back could be the one to change that. With someone of the Frenchman’s skill at the back, Paul Pogba would be played in a more advanced position.