Raphael Varane insists Manchester United are “on the right track” despite losing three in their last four games.
United are fourth in the Premier League with 13 points – one point below leaders Liverpool after six games – and prepare to host Villarreal in their first home game in the Champions League group stage.
However, United lost their first European game to Young Boys and were knocked out of the League Cup in a home loss to West Ham last week. Aston Villa then won at Old Trafford for the first time since December 2009 on Saturday.
Despite the recent setbacks, Varane is convinced United are on an “upward curve” under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“What I could see is that with my teammates there is a lot of quality in our squad and our team,” said Varane. “We have enormous potential, I am convinced of that.
“We are working very hard, we are working very well in training. I think we are improving all the time. Since the start of the season, I think we are on a positive and upward curve.
“I think there is talent, there is also experience. We have everything you need to have this belief that you can do well. I think this is really a key issue: we have to believe in ourselves, be convinced that we can do it, we have to be ambitious, believe in our own potential, and then I think you can achieve things when you do that.
“There is everything out there in the right place. Just focus on the little details, keep believing and have that positive mindset. I believe that every time we go into a game we go to that track and keep going on. that path of positivity, think about how we can improve ourselves in the little details, and then I think we’ll be there. We’re on the right track. “
Varane, 28, spent a decade at Real Madrid, where he started in three of their four Champions League final wins between 2014 and 2018.
Madrid and United are widely regarded as the biggest football clubs in the world and Varane says it’s difficult to compare the demands between them.
“It’s always difficult to make comparisons like this,” Varane added. “Big clubs always want a lot from their players, expect a lot from players. There are a lot of demands on any player.
“I think it’s pretty similar, the hopes, the demands and the expectations. A part of the big clubs is always quite similar, after a loss or a draw you know what it is. negative when this happens.
“So the key is to follow. Good streaks of results and to be positive. That pressure, you kind of live it in the big clubs, but it’s hard to say if it is more important in one or less. in the other. There’s always a lot of waiting, that’s for sure. “