Karim Benzema sends a message to Raphael Varane after United’s first goal

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has reached out to congratulate Raphael Varane after the defender’s first Manchester United goal.

Varane scored in United’s final home game of 2021/22, turning in a corner after a delivery from Alex Telles.

The centre-back’s goal came after Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal since February to open the scoring, before Cristiano Ronaldo netted a penalty.

While Ronaldo’s goal became routine, Varane’s was rarer, netting his 28th goal for the club.

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Varane’s goal was a great personal satisfaction for him, ending the season on a high, and to top it off, Manchester United were also able to keep a rare clean sheet in the 3-0 win.

The defender sent a message hailing the ‘special feeling’ after the match, before his international team-mate and former Real Madrid friend Karim Benzema sent him a reply.

Benzema himself is having an outstanding season, his best ever, with 42 goals in 42 games in all competitions, helping Real Madrid win the La Liga title.

14 of his goals have come in 10 Champions League games, and he has a big game this week, coming up against United rivals Manchester City. Varane can privately send him a few words of encouragement.

Had Sir Alex Ferguson succeeded, both Benzema and Varane would have been Manchester United players years ago. Instead, the pair won four Champions League medals alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.

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