Raphael Varane, a Manchester United center-back, has praised former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honesty and empathy almost a fortnight after his departure.
Despite having no formal succession plan in place at the time, United decided to relieve Solskjaer of his duties following a 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.
Nonetheless, United, who have now replaced Solskjaer with seasoned German coach Ralf Rangnick, felt they had no choice but to fire the Norwegian, who had presided over humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City before the humiliation in Hertfordshire.
United went into battle without Varane, who had joined the club from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window to help bolster their central-defensive options. The defeats to Liverpool, City, and Watford were the key contributors to Solskjaer’s firing.
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Due to injury troubles, Varane only made nine appearances under Solskjaer’s guidance, meaning he did not have the opportunity to impress the former striker as much as he would have liked.
Despite this, Varane, who is slowly returning to full health after a hamstring injury, has given Solskjaer a high review off the field, praising his attitude and management techniques.
Varane told The New York Times, “I spoke with him before signing here.” “He’s a wonderful person who is humble and has strong morals, and in my short time here, he has taught me a great deal about the club, its principles, and its philosophy.
“He embodies a lot of the values of this club: he is courteous and humble. He was always striving to be the best he could be. When you talk about something sensitive, it can come out as a bit negative because it appears to be a flaw.
“Because he is truthful while speaking with a player. It’s crucial for a manager or a leader to be honest with his players, and this is especially true with Zidane.
“Perhaps that is why I enjoy this sensation. I only worked with him for a short period, but I learned a lot.