RAPHAEL VARANE has admitted that winning the Carabao Cup with Manchester United could be more rewarding than his four Champions League wins with Real Madrid.
The defender, 29, won everything there was to win during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
That includes three La Liga titles, three Spanish Super Cups and four Club World Cups.
Varane was also part of the World Cup winning France squad in 2018, so he is no stranger to a bit of silverware.
But, the Frenchman recently admitted that earning success with United has the potential to feel more rewarding than all of that.
He told Manchester Evening News: “Honestly, it’s better when you’re going up.
“When you are on the top the only thing that can change is to disappoint.
“You can’t do anything better because you’re already there.
“When you can grow with the club and the team, that’s a great feeling.”
He added: “I was speaking with Sergio Ramos about it in Madrid, and when we start winning, we won a lot – but before that it was the same.
“We went years without at Madrid, it was a very long time, and when we won it changed not the mentality, but the belief. When you win you start to think ‘okay, we did it, so now we can do it again.’
“It’s about the winning mentality and when you start to win you just want to win and nothing else.
“It doesn’t mean that when you aren’t winning you don’t want to. But you do believe more that it is possible and sometimes you need a bit of luck as well.
“And when you are more confident you bring the luck with you. It’s a positive cycle.”
Man Utd will have the chance to end a six-year trophy drought this afternoon when they take on Newcastle in the final of the Carabao Cup.