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Rio Ferdinand has compared Manchester United newcomer Raphael Varane to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk during the special edition of his FIVE podcast that featured an interview with Donny van de Beek.
Varane signed for the Red Devils from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The defender has managed to win three La Liga and four Champions League titles with Los Blancos. He also lifted the World Cup trophy with France in Russia along with his international teammate Paul Pogba.
Ferdinand believes that the 28-year-old is up there with Van Dijk as a world-class centre-back.
“When he’s fit, over the last couple of years he’s [van Dijk] been the go-to guy,” he said.
“He had the biggest impact on a team, certainly in terms of centre-backs, over probably the last three years.
“Varane I would say is up there. Him and Varane, [Sergio] Ramos in previous years, as well, they have been the top boys. It’s that consistency and the ability to win. Varane is unrivalled alongside Ramos in terms of winning, but with the way his form has been over the last three years, van Dijk has been immense, man, he’s been crazy.”
Then ex-United star added: “In terms of a signing, Raphael Varane for Manchester United… He’s what I’ve been asking for over the last three or four years, or five years.
“[Ruben] Dias has been great, but he only played last season. I’m talking about consistency over a number of years. Those guys are probably apart at the moment.”