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“He can return”- Erik ten Hag delivers Raphael Varane update that will please Manchester United fans

Raphael Varane believes "something really special" brewing at Manchester United.
Raphael Varane of Manchester United. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag hopeful of Raphael Varane returning for the FA Cup final

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag hopes that star defender Raphael Varane will be fit for the FA Cup final against Manchester City scheduled on 3rd June.

Varane went off at half-time in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie against Sevilla a couple of weeks ago. The initial diagnosis was that he could miss up to six weeks of action. A day ago, Mirror reported that United feared the Frenchman would miss the remainder of this season.

Keeping all that in mind, this is good to hear from ten Hag that he is confident about having Varane for the cup final in June.

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Erik ten Hag hopes that Raphael Varane will be back for the FA Cup final. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Here’s what the Dutchman said when asked if the defender will be available for the final (h/t Manchester United website):

“I think so. Yeah. Varane, for the cup final, he can return.”

United lost Lisandro Martinez for the rest of this season after picking up a fractured metatarsal injury in that same game against Sevilla.

The centre-back pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof was all over for the second leg against Sevilla, while some solidity was restored when ten Hag partnered Lindelof with Luke Shaw in the FA Cup semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Raphael Varane credits "confidence" and "discipline" for Manchester United success this season.
Raphael Varane went off injured against Sevilla two weeks ago. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Swede scored the winning penalty in that and defended exceptionally well. So, if the manager gets Varane back for the final, he would have a solid centre-back pairing to stop the juggernaut attacking force of Manchester City.

Till then, the Red Devils can focus on finishing the league campaign on a high. The race to finish in the top four is not done yet despite the falling off from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are nowhere near good enough at the moment.

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