Raphael Varane plays all 90 minutes for France and shuts down Arnautovic

Raphael Varane has been a key player for Manchester United in recent weeks, conceding just two goals in 495 minutes of club football.

Varane continued his poor defensive streak as France beat Austria 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.

Last season Varane suffered two injuries on international duty and so far he seems to have avoided the same fate, luckily for Manchester United.

Varane completed the full 90 minutes for France, with Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud scoring the goals in the UEFA Nations League victory.

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Varane plays all 90 minutes for France

Varane captained France and was outstanding throughout as Les Bleus kept a clean sheet against his former United caretaker boss.

Ralf Rangnick’s Austria were well beaten, failing to register a single shot on target in the defeat and managing just 39 per cent possession.

Varane completely exposed the threat posed by Rangnick’s star striker Marko Arnautovic, who was controversially linked with a move to Manchester United last month.

Arnautovic has been in fine form for Bologna this season, where he is Serie A’s top scorer with six goals, so it was impressive from Varane to shut him down.

Rangnick replaced Arnautovic after 64 minutes after failing to make an impact.

Varane lined up as part of a three-man defense with Jules Konde and Benoit Badiashile, with France playing a 3-4-1-2 formation.

The Manchester United ace completed 92 percent of his passes, made 14 ball recoveries, four clearances and won three out of three aerial duels.

Now we just hope France boss Didier Deschamps rests Varane when they face Denmark, one of their World Cup opponents, on Sunday.

This would give the United defender a week’s rest ahead of the Manchester derby and ensure he is fit.

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