Raphael Varane “closer” to injury return for Manchester United than Scott McTominay
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is “closer” to returning from injury for the Old Trafford side than midfielder Scott McTominay as things stand.
Against Sevilla in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, where we drew 2-2, the French national picked up a knock. On the other hand, the Scotland international, 26, has been on the sidelines for a number of weeks now.
Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Erik ten Hag revealed that Varane would return to action before McTominay. However, the former Real Madrid centre-back is going to miss our next two fixtures.
“Prognosis: Rapha is closer than Scott McTominay in this moment but still for the coming two games they are not available.”
The French national signed for United in the summer of 2021 from Los Blancos. However, the defender’s debut campaign at the Old Trafford side was marred by injuries and he was unable to settle in as well as expected.
With the arrival of Lisandro Martinez last summer from Ajax, the 29-year-old has come into his own. The two World Cup winners have formed a solid partnership in the Red Devils’ backline under Erik ten Hag.
Thankfully, United have the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at their disposal. While the two have lost their place in the team this season, they have played a lot together in previous campaigns.
In the last few matches, the Sweden international has partnered with Luke Shaw in the central defensive position and they have done well. Our next two games are against Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United in the Premier League.
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Varane’s unavailability is a big blow. However, we have coped without him at times this season. Hopefully, United will be able to do the same in the coming weeks.