KEY POINTS

  • Man Utd defeated Wolves 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday
  • Varane assisted Greenwood's goal against Wolves
  • It was United's last fixture before the international break

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Raphael Varane, saying he showed his "class" in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday. 

The outing to West Midlands was Varane's Premier League debut and while Wolves made things as difficult a possible for the visitors, the French defender passed with flying colors. Manchester United snatched a late 80th minute winner, which was set by Varane for Mason Greenwood.

"This was 'welcome to the Premier League' – tempo, hustle bustle, tackle, have to defend counter attacks. Top, top performance. He's good in the air, he's so composed on the ball and he's so experienced and nothing phases him," Solskjaer was quoted by Manchester United's official website as saying in a post-match conference Sunday. 

The Norwegian boss also mentioned that Varane's performance was not restricted just to the pitch.

"He was good in the dressing room before the game, half-time and so I'm delighted with his performance. I thought he showed his class," added Solskjaer, whose side clinched a league record by avoiding a defeat against Wolves.

With the 1-0 win over Wolves, Manchester United now have a streak of 28 matches without a loss in the Premier League, which is the longest run in the top-flight, surpassing the previous record of 27 that belonged to Arsenal. 

Meanwhile, Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea, who registered his first clean sheet of the season Sunday, also hailed his new teammate who moved from Real Madrid to Old Trafford this summer at $56 million.

"He was very good, we kept a clean sheet so it's always very good to start with a clean sheet. He's a great lad, I think he's good for the group. Very experienced center back. Many, many games and I think he showed today he's calm with the ball, he's good in the air, he's very quick, so a great defender – a great signing for us," the Spaniard told Manchester United's official website. 

French defender Raphael Varane led the way for Real Madrid French defender Raphael Varane led the way for Real Madrid Photo: AFP / OSCAR DEL POZO

Solskjaer also praised De Gea for keeping the Wolves scorers away as the hosts created more chances than the Red Devils on Sunday.

"They had maybe a little bit more than us. We didn't create too much today but then we've got a good goalkeeper as well. David has found his determination, desire and he's come back with loads of energy. You can see that in him, in the work he's doing every single day. The second save [from Saiss] from that corner is special. That's not just hit him. It's reaction and he's had a strong arm to it," Solskjaer told Manchester United's media after win over Wolves.

With two wins and a draw, Manchester United are currently placed third in the 2021-22 Premier League table.