How Raphael Varane’s 2020-21 stats compare to Man Utd’s centre-backs

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After numerous failed attempts to sign Raphael Varane, Manchester United have finally agreed a deal to buy the Real Madrid defender this summer. 

Varane, who has spent 10 years at Madrid, will join United in a £34million deal and is reportedly seen as the perfect centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.

We’ve compared his 2020-21 stats in La Liga to the corresponding Premier League figures from United’s current centre-back options. Note: we’ve not included Axel Tuanzebe due to his lack of first-team appearances last season. 

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Harry Maguire – 0.9 (75%)
Victor Lindelof – 0.8 (66.6%)
Raphael Varane – 0.7 (70%)
Eric Bailly – 0.5 (83.3%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Harry Maguire – 4.0 (75.5%)
Raphael Varane – 2.4 (74.9%)
Eric Bailly – 2.4 (58.5%)
Victor Lindelof – 2.2 (62.9%)

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Interceptions per 90 minutes
Harry Maguire – 1.8
Eric Bailly – 1.3
Raphael Varane – 1.2
Victor Lindelof – 1.0

Fouls per 90 minutes
Raphael Varane – 0.5
Victor Lindelof – 0.8
Eric Bailly – 1.0
Harry Maguire – 1.2

Clearances per 90 minutes
Raphael Varane – 3.6
Harry Maguire – 3.6
Eric Bailly – 3.5
Victor Lindelof – 3.3

Passing accuracy
Victor Lindelof – 89.8%
Raphael Varane – 89.6%
Eric Bailly – 88.3%
Harry Maguire – 87.3%

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Passes completed per 90 minutes
Victor Lindelof – 58.4
Harry Maguire – 57.2
Raphael Varane – 52.4
Eric Bailly – 48.8

Goals
Harry Maguire – 2
Raphael Varane – 2
Victor Lindelof – 1
Eric Bailly – 0


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