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Varane Tipped To Struggle In Premier League With Man Utd

A former Manchester City star believes new Manchester United signing Raphael Varane might struggle with the physicality of the Premier League.

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The French defender has been a Los Blancos player since 2011, but is now set to switch LaLiga for Premier League football after the two clubs agreed to a deal for the player's transfer.

Former City defender Danny Mills, however, feels the four-time UEFA Champions League winner might be shocked by the competitiveness of English football.

"We know his pedigree. We know he's an exceptional talent," Mills told talkSPORT.

"Obviously often partnered in recent years alongside Sergio Ramos. It will take him a little bit of time to adapt certainly to Manchester, to Manchester weather. But more importantly the Premier League.

"We know he's won everything but he's had one or two injury problems and he hasn't played every single game, every single season – he's had those injury issues in the last few years. I think it might take him a little bit of time to adjust to the robustness of the Premier League.

"We know in Spain you probably get half a dozen of really tough games in the league if you take away the Champions League, but in the Premier League it's every single week. When you talk to all the foreign players that come over they always talk about the intensity of the Premier League – playing the teams at the bottom you have to fight tooth and nail for 90 minutes every single week – there's no easy games and that will take some getting used to for him.

"The Premier League is so different to the Spanish league, that's what we have to look at. This is not a player that will pick the ball up and run at people, an attacking player that will score goals. We've seen how it's difficult sometimes for defenders to get to grips with the physicality of it and the intensity of the games; I'm sure there's a lot of games in LaLiga where he's been able to coast through at times on 70, 75%, where they've dominated possession and not come under too much pressure.

"That does not happen in the Premier League – you have to get used to do that very quickly. He's got a really good partner alongside him in Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw has been exceptional and then Aaron Wan-Bissaka or (potential signing Kieran) Trippier in at right-back.

"It's a positive signing but it's not one that I'm 100% that he will come in and be absolutely brilliant like we've seen with Virgil van Dijk or even Ruben Dias, who came in and was a bit of an unknown, a doubt.'"

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