Raphael Varane has been majestic for Manchester United alongside Lisandro Martinez since returning to the side. The Frenchman’s performance against Leicester City on Thursday evening was almost flawless and helped the Red Devils to another clean sheet and their third victory in a row. He achieved 87% pass accuracy, made 53 passes, including 5 long balls. He also won 3 out of 4 aerial duels and made 3 clearances.

If Varane and Martinez can stay fit, it is hard to see how stalwarts Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, both on the bench against Leicester, can force their way back into the team. Varane seems comfortable with Lisandro’s style of play. As Martinez proactive defending and aggressiveness suits Varane. Varane has more surety and can play his natural game. Maguire was often in-between or hesitant which causes disfunction.

In United Matchday Magazine, Cavenaghi likens the pairing to the Varane-Ramos partnership at Real Madrid. The pair have won three out of three games when they have been paired at centre back together and only conceded one goal. It is quite a remarkable achievement for a new partnership who had never played together before being thrown in at the deep end after a 4-0 drubbing against Brentford.

The pair’s heroics have helped United climb from bottom of the table to fifth in just three games. It is very lovely to see how Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have both become solid for the Red Devils at the heart of the defence and United fans all have the same agreement that the pair should not be separated. Of course, that would largely depend on how the Old Trafford club can maintain the physical fitness of the two players but if they can, they would surely reap the benefits.