In the FA Cup final, Man City’s main striker played poorly when facing Raphael Varane.
In the 47th minute, Erling Haaland escaped after a teammate’s pass but was closely followed by Raphael Varane. Haaland couldn’t receive the ball, so he got angry and pushed Varane on the head with his hand, causing the Man United midfielder to fall to the field.
Before the opponent’s uncontrolled actions, Varane did not denounce the referee or respond. The former Real Madrid midfielder stood up with a cold face.
“Champion’s attitude,” commented one fan. “Well said, Varane killed Haaland,” the second commented.
In 90 minutes, Haaland only touched the ball 35 times, lost the ball 15 times, lost the air battle 6 times and had 3 shots. The most anticipated star in the FA Cup final received only 6.6 points from Sofascore, the lowest in the Man City squad.
Before the FA Cup final, Varane declared: “We have nothing to fear from Haaland”. Man United’s four defenders had a good day when they did not let Europe’s number one striker this season score against David De Gea. Varane and his teammates only succumbed to two super long shots from outside the penalty area of Ilkay Gundogan.
MU ends the 2022/23 season with the Carabao Cup title. The celebration will not be held because before that, coach Erik ten Hag said that only consider doing this when MU has 2 or more titles.