Raphael Varane has admitted Manchester United’s players are dreaming of fighting Arsenal and Manchester City for the Premier League title as he saluted the “amazing” vibe around Old Trafford. United are on a five-game winning run within the league and have lost only once since being thrashed 6-3 by City in October.
United defeated their neighbours 2-1 on Saturday to maneuver just some extent behind the reigning champions. Arsenal responded on Sunday by winning the north London derby 2-0 away at Tottenham, moving them eight points clear of City and nine ahead of the Red Devils.
But such is the arrogance of Erik ten Hag’s side, World Cup winner Varane – who also has five Champion League titles to his name – feels “every thing is feasible” for United this term. He added: “We’ll just take it game by game. It’s an extended solution to go and it’s very difficult.
“The intensity of each game is incredible, the physical effort. It’s just like the same intensity of an enormous Champions League game, every game. The rhythm may be very high. The players are thoroughly prepared, physically.
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“We know the way difficult it’s. But we’re solid, we’re strong. We just need to make use of the standard players with the ball.” Varane hailed the atmosphere around Old Trafford after United’s comeback win over City, saying: “After the primary goal, we didn’t let our heads drop, although we conceded a goal at home.
“But we also knew that we had the energy of the fans. We continued to follow our plan. Then we scored and that modified the entire game. Old Trafford is a stadium with an impressive atmosphere. It’s amazing. At the tip I felt a reference to the fans. We actually need to win and to do this against an enormous rival, in our home. We live stronger with this. It was beautiful.”
Luke Shaw, Varane’s centre-back partner against City, similarly believes the sky is the limit for United this season. With the Carabao Cup semi-finals coming up in addition to a winnable FA Cup fourth-round tie and a Europa League clash with Barcelona, Shaw wants Ten Hag’s team to aim for glory on all 4 fronts.
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“We’re still in 4 competitions,” said Shaw. “We’re Manchester United, we now have to aim to win every competition we’re in. In fact we would like to win all 4 of them. But whether that happens or not is all the way down to us, it’s all the way down to the best way we act, the best way we rest and prepare for the following game. Immediately, as a team, we now have to be sure that we now have the suitable consistency in performances and results.
“It is often about winning. In case you play well or not, it is advisable be winning, and recently we have been doing that. Now we now have to ignore this game, ignore this win, because we now have a large game on Wednesday now against Crystal Palace.”
Shaw also hailed the atmosphere of the City win and continued: “I’ve been here an extended time, I believe eight years, and the atmosphere was the very best I have been involved in. It shows the fans are with us, they’re pushing us in the suitable direction and I hope they really enjoyed it.”
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