We rarely see a game decided by a goal in which a center-back makes several decisions that are decisive. That happened with Varane in Manchester United’s victory against Wolverhampton. The play began with a corner kick, the ball was recovered by Wolverhampton and Varane decided to counterpress.

Wolverhampton’s clearance didn’t go out of bounds. Varane instead of retreating to his position on the defensive line, decided to return to the box to try to finish off a cross.

Bruno Fernandes with the ball in the last third, Wan-Bissaka attacking space and here is the key in the play: 4 versus 3 superiority in the box for Manchester United thanks to Varane. Poor positioning of the defensive block, no player gives support in the box and Varane wins the aerial duel to score.

It wasn’t a good game for Ten Hag’s men but Varane gave them the 3 points with great decision-making to start the Premier League.

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