Raphael Varane lacks the personality to be Manchester United captain, says Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit

    The Manchester United captaincy is something that is up for debate, but one man who should not be handed the armband is Raphael Varane.

    That is the view of Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit, who gave his thoughts on who should skipper the side.

    Varane’s leadership skills were called into question by Petit

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    Varane’s leadership skills were called into question by Petit

    Red Devils club captain Harry Maguire has found himself dropped from the starting XI in recent games, with Varane and Lisandro Martinez forming a solid partnership in four straight Premier League wins.

    Bruno Fernandes has skippered the side in recent matches, but it opens up the conversation about who should take the captaincy in both the short and long term if Maguire will no longer be a regular starter.

    Varane should not be on the shortlist of contenders, according to Petit.

    Raphael Varane has played at a very good level, but he’s very shy and doesn’t have the temper or the personality to be the Manchester United captain,” said Petit, who was speaking to Lord Ping.

    “The one player that should receive the Manchester United captaincy is Christian Eriksen. He has the personality and the character and he always gives the best version of himself on the pitch.”

    Maguire has found himself dropped from the United starting XI

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    Maguire has found himself dropped from the United starting XI

    Varane is a highly-experienced centre-back who won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid, playing alongside long-time captain Sergio Ramos.

    The France international was tipped to replace Ramos as Madrid captain one day, before then joining United in the same season he moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

    Addressing talk of him one day being captain, Varane told beIN SPORTS: “I am a leader in my own way. With my team-mates, I talk a lot before matches about tactics and positioning. We each have our own way.”

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