Old Trafford cries for Varane

Raphael Varane came out of his last game in tears and left the Manchester United stands with them at the edge of his eyes. The French center back was a forced change in the match against Chelsea due to injury. After 60 minutes playing against the Blues, he had to retire because of a knee injury caused when he tried to cut off a pass that was looking for Chelsea forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The former Real Madrid player covered his face with his shirt so that the cameras would not capture it, but the sadness was palpable knowing that his presence in the World Cup, which is less than a month away, was more than at risk. Lindelof came on to cover his loss in a game that was decided in the final minutes. Jorginho made it 1-0 in the 87th minute from a penalty and Casemiro, with a fantastic header, tied the match definitively for the red devils at Stamford Bridge.

Still to know the extent of his injury, at Manchester United they already regret his loss and it is that Lisandro Martínez and the Frenchman began to settle in recent weeks as a couple of central defenders. Since the heavy defeat in the Manchester derby (6-3 against City), United had been raising their level defensively and with both on the pitch, they had not conceded in two difficult games against Newcastle (0-0) and against Tottenham (2-0), as well as in the match hour that Varane endured against Chelsea.

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His good performances (both 6.4 and 7.1 in the last two matches according to BeSoccer Pro) had convinced both Ten Hag and the fans and also the media legends surrounding the club. In this case, Rio Ferdinand is a complete ‘cum laude’ when it comes to playing center-back for Manchester United.

The English centre-back praised Varane on his Vibe with Five podcast and even assured that the team will miss him. “Lisandro Martínez is playing at a top level, but Varane gives you something different. That speed, that experience and the physicality of him. I think it will be a great loss. We need you two back again. When they play together they make us a different team, it’s as simple as that,” she assured.

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Rio also valued his possible substitute and the name that has been open for so many debates in the center of United’s defense reappeared: Harry Maguire. For Ferdinand, it will be Lindelöf who replaces Varane ahead of the English defender. “It seems to me that it is not going to be Harry Maguire who enters now. I think it will be Lindelof. He is a decent player. He can come in and do the job well, but he depends on how long you ask him to do it for,” he explained.

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In the coming weeks until the World Cup, Manchester United is playing for its continuity in Europe and also has important commitments in the Premier, although of less substance than in previous weeks.

This day they will face the Sheriff in the group stage of the Europa League and on Sunday, they will host West Ham. On November 3 they will have their most important match of this stretch in which they will play the first group place in Europe against Real Sociedad, against whom they already fell at Old Trafford. From then on, a double clash against Aston Villa in the Premier and EFL Cup and they will finish the first half of the season against Fulham in London on November 13.

The big doubts that haunt Ten Hag are how many games he will be without Varane and how his defense can hold up with him. In Manchester they regret passing through the Frenchman’s infirmary almost as much as he does. With his performance he has earned that he is missed.

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