“He’s made for that, you know?”
Paul Pogba has explained the thinking behind his chant for Raphael Varane, which has recently been shared widely on social media.
During the 2018 World Cup, footage emerged from within the France dressing room of Pogba giving motivational speeches, in an attempt to get his teammates fired up.
Paul Pogba on “Champions League Varane”
One such clip showed Pogba coming up with a different nickname for the majority of the French squad, with Varane’s being “Champions League Varane”.
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Explaining the logic behind the nickname, he said: “That’s just Champions League Varane. He’s made for that, you know? He won four Champions Leagues, he won the World Cup, he won how many trophies? He won La Liga.
“It’s great and I’m sure he came here with the goal to win the Premier League. He’s very focused, you can tell, and he’s determined to help the team as much as he can.”
Pogba’s speeches in the dressing room definitely had the desired effect in 2018, with his side winning the World Cup final against Croatia. The United midfielder got on the scoresheet in the big game, in what was a really impressive performance.
Despite the constant transfer speculation surrounding Pogba’s name, he has started the first two games of the season, and played at a very high level.
Against Leeds, he equalled the record for most assists in one Premier League game, and in the 1-1 draw against Southampton he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck before getting an assist for Mason Greenwood’s goal.
Meanwhile, Varane is yet to play a minute for Solskjaer’s side, after being unveilled on the pitch at Old Trafford before the game against Leeds.
After quite a disappointing team performance against Southampton, perhaps the new signing (along with Jadon Sancho), will be in line to start Sunday’s game against Wolves.