Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender, William Gallas has named Manchester United’s Raphael Varane as the player who could silence his critics this season.
Varane, who joined Man United from Real Madrid for £41 million last summer, had quite an underwhelming debut season at Old Trafford by his lofty standards.
The France World Cup winner struggled for both fitness and form and was subjected to severe criticism.
But Gallas has now insisted that Varane will have no excuse if he fails to prove his quality this season.
“Raphael Varane. He was criticized a lot last season because he didn’t perform, but I wasn’t too hard on him because I know how difficult it is to come to the Premier League and to also settle in a new country. I always say that foreign players need a year to adjust.
“So this season, if Raphael doesn’t perform, that means that the Premier League was not for him. It is that simple. This season he has to prove his quality.
“He has to prove to everyone that he is one of the best defenders in the world and return to that player he was a few years ago,” Gallas told Getting Casino.
He added, “Everyone expects so much from him – he won everything there was to win at Real Madrid, he won a World Cup. This season he can have no excuses. He has to perform. He has to show his character and he has to be the leader of the Manchester United defence.”