According to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Raphael Varane has always fit the mould of a classic Manchester United player.
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson came close to signing the Frenchman in 2011 before he opted to join Real Madrid.
Solskjaer feels that his conduct on and off the field has marked him out as a United player long before he walked through the door.
“It’s no secret that we were close – or we were in there – when he left to Real Madrid 10 years ago,” Solskjaer told Manchester United’s official website.
“Sir Alex was in there speaking to them and we were close.
“Ever since his performances on the pitch, his demeanour and behaviour off the pitch, it tells me that that’s a Man United player. And we managed to convince him to have the feeling of Man United.
“I think that’s been in his heart ever since he went to Real Madrid as well. I think he had a little bit of a feeling for Man United. We definitely have had feelings for him for many, many years.”