“He’s very quick and intelligent” – Neymar hails Manchester United defender

"He's very quick and intelligent" - Neymar hails Manchester United defender

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has heaped praise on Manchester United defender Raphael Varane, describing him as an ‘intelligent’ player.

Man United signed Varane from Real Madrid last season to improve their backline problems but due to injury issues, illness and lack of fitness, the Frenchman made a handful of appearances.

This season under Erik ten Hag, the 29-year-old has not only kept himself fit and injury free but has also helped the Reds win four Premier League matches in a row.

Varane has come up against Neymar on several occasions during his time at Real Madrid and the PSG forward has only nice words to say about the World Cup winner.

Speaking to DAZN, the PSG forward said: “I’ve played against [Raphael] Varane many times. He’s a very good centre-back.

Raphael Varane Neymar Manchester United PSG

“He’s quick and intelligent. His positioning is very good. He’s a top player. He almost never gets it wrong. That’s why he’s won so much.”

Varane was rested on Thursday by Ten Hag and Manchester United lost their first Europa League group stage game 1-0 to Real Sociedad.

With this weekend’s Premier League fixtures postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Raphael Varane is expected to return back to the starting lineup when United take on Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday in the Europa League.