Raphael Varane admits Man United ‘had to suffer’ in FA Cup win but insists team is in a good place

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Raphael Varane admitted Man United were far from their best as they edged past Aston Villa 1-0 to progress in the FA Cup.

Scott McTominay’s early goal put the hosts in front, but Villa were much the better team from that moment onwards and were unlucky not to get themselves level.

Despite another struggling performance from United, Varane was still happy with how the team defended and the effort that was on display.

“It was a difficult match,” Varane admitted. “We had to suffer a lot on the pitch but together and I liked the spirit of this match.

“We had the opportunity to score more goals. When it was not possible to play higher up the pitch we were compact and did not let them play easily.

“We had to be aggressive and as a result it is good. We are happy. We need more confidence, we need to be together and I think we are in a good way.”

While the win puts United through to the fourth round, where they will host Middlesbrough, it did little to ease concerns about the performances the club have been producing this season.

Reports have emerged about dressing room unrest and certain players not being convinced by Ralf Rangnick, but Varane downplayed those distractions.

“We just have to be focused on our job,” he said.

“ We have to fight, we have to fight for our fans. That is it.”

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