“He has what it takes to be the leader” – Mikael Silvestre backs Manchester United player to become one of the best under Erik ten Hag

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Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre believes that incoming manager Erik ten Hag can get the best out of Raphael Varane.

Varane joined Manchester United from Real Madrid last summer but has failed to replicate his Real Madrid form at Manchester United.

“I think this season has been difficult for him, but he has also missed a lot of games due to injury,” Silvestre told Genting Casino.

“Whenever he has had a run of games in the team, we have seen the Varane that played so well for Real Madrid.

“The Arsenal match [last Saturday which United lost 3-1] was his first game after a long absence and he didn’t have the luck or the composure in his performance.

“It was shaky start for the entire defence after conceding another early goal, and away from home that makes getting a positive result even more difficult.

“He wasn’t at his best, but there are circumstances that contributed to that.”

“He has what it takes to be the leader of the United defence,” he added.

“Individually, he is more than capable of stepping up and being one of the top defenders next season under the new manager.”