Raphael Varane, the stalwart French defender, recently sat down for an exclusive interview with ESPN in New Jersey. A key focus was the new leadership style brought to Manchester United by Erik ten Hag, lauded by Varane for his daring and decisive approach.
"Not Scared to Make Big Decisions"
Ten Hag’s gutsy move to name Bruno Fernandes captain in lieu of Harry Maguire has not gone unnoticed by the team. Speaking candidly, Varane made clear his admiration for ten Hag’s bravery.
“He’s not scared to take these decisions and take that responsibility,” Varane expressed. “That is what we expect from the manager”. According to Varane, ten Hag’s decisive actions have set a strong example for the team to follow, revealing a manager who “knows exactly what he wants." The Frenchman continued, "He's shown that determination and from the first day we've known exactly what we've had to do and where he wants to go.
It's all clear for the players and for the team and we have a good connection with the manager."
Building Character for Championship Success
Character, as Varane underlined, has been a significant point of emphasis for ten Hag.
The Manchester United manager is keen on fostering a team with character and personality, a trait Varane asserts is vital for any top team aiming for championship success. “The difference between a good team and a top team is sometimes something mental," Varane said. "We need to believe, we need determination, and the character of the players is something important." Varane's comments not only reveal ten Hag’s vision for the team but also echo the players' commitment to embody these traits.
The team, it appears, is steadfast in their desire to “fight for every trophy” and stay consistent at the top level. Varane's confidence is apparent. "I feel more confident in this dressing room. In a good way, not arrogance, but confident to trust our qualities and to believe that we can achieve something."
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