It's hard not to be impressed with how Manchester United are currently conducting their business in the transfer market.

Across the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford, there have been many calamitous transfer decisions made at United, but this summer that once-distant feeling of optimism and hope has finally returned, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making astute moves.

The Reds acting swiftly in the transfer window is reminiscent of the club's most successful years and, if the £72.9m signing of Jadon Sancho was an early statement of intent, the news of Raphael Varane's imminent arrival is yet another key step forward.

While it goes without saying that the club's ambitious recruitment drive shouldn't stop there - because more is required to return United to where they belong and want to be - it's interesting to analyse just what the newest arrival will bring to Solskjaer's side.

Varane arrives with an unrivalled CV after a sensational 10-year spell spent at Real Madrid in which he won four Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles and countless other domestic major honours and that's without mentioning his World Cup win with France.

That's a testament to the calibre of the player that United have lured to Manchester, but for anyone that has watched Varane play, they will know he boasts the perfect blend of attributes that will allow him to flawlessly adapt to the Premier League's demands.

Among those qualities, Varane stands at 6'2" and yet his towering stature is combined with natural pace and agility.

That should allow him to develop a formidable partnership with Harry Maguire in the heart of United's defence, but what particular area will he improve? Well, that's an easy question to answer - Varane should markedly improve United at set-pieces.

United were exploited with frustrating regularity at set-piece scenarios last season and their vulnerability was targeted by the opposition - the Reds conceded 14 goals from set-pieces last term, only historic rivals Leeds conceded more (15).

It's therefore not surprising that Solskjaer has brought set-piece coach Eric Ramsey into the fold, but Varane has also been playing his part because the MEN understand he's been actively studying United's sometimes poor defending from last campaign.

Varane's ability to dominate in the air should improve United in this area and it's telling that Real Madrid only conceded six goals from set-pieces in La Liga last season, which was the joint-second fewest conceded from all the Spanish top flight's sides.

He's undoubtedly a positive signing, but if he can improve United at set-pieces, he can instantly make a stellar impression.

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