Raphael Varane explains why Manchester United can win the Champions League

Manchester United return to Champions League action on Tuesday evening, looking to bounce back from their hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich last time out.

Ahead of facing Galatasaray, Raphael Varane has been explaining why Manchester United can win the Champions League.

At the pre-Galatasaray press conference, Varane was asked if the United squad was good enough to go all the way in the competition and had this to say: “Yes. I think so. I think the qualities in the squad, as I say, that competition is difficult, you have to take care of every detail, but we have a team with quality, with a good mentality.

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“Yeah, we have to make some improvements, it’s not the start of the season we expected, but I still believe we have the quality to compete with the best teams in the world. I think the competition is about details and you have to be efficient to win the competition. In the last weeks, I think it’s what we can improve: it’s to be more efficient in front of the goals.

“With a very low number of occasions we concede goals and we need to create a lot to score., so that’s the reality of top level, you need to be efficient to win trophies. I think we have the quality in the squad to play and to win that competition but we have to improve and tomorrow is a great opportunity to get the first points in the competition, to move forward and improve.”

Manchester United have an excellent record in Europe throughout their storied history, last winning the competition in 2008 and finishing as runners-up in 2011.

However, their recent record in the competition is nothing to crow about. Their last outing in Europe’s premier competition saw them knocked out by Atletico Madrid at the last-16 stage. The Red Devils then failed to make it out of the group stage in 2020/21 and have not surpassed the quarter-final stage since 2011.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.