Manchester United defender Raphael Varane was forced out of the UEFA Nations League final before half-time due to injury and Ole Solskjaer won’t be happy about this as his side are currently without club captain and star defender Harry Maguire.
The France centre-back hobbled off after appearing to pull up while running, and was seen with ice on his right thigh after being replaced by Dayot Upamecano on 43 minutes and this means BOTH first choice centre-backs of Manchester United could now be out ahead of a huge and crucial matches coming up for the club after the international break.
Worryingly for United the knock came with nobody near the defender.
And if it forces Varane to be sidelined for Saturday’s trip to Leicester then Eric Bailly is in line to deputize for Varane and partner Victor Lindelof or Phil Jones could be set for a sensational Manchester United return.
Jones has not played for United since an FA Cup clash against Tranmere over 18months ago.
Varane is due back at United’s Carrington training base later this week where he is likely to be assessed following the knock, which is his first since joining United from Real Madrid in the summer.
With Maguire’s return date still unknown, Solskajer will be praying Varane’s injury isn’t a serious one and if the worst happens, he could be forced into starting two back-up centre backs as he bids to turn the club’s fortunes around with The Red Devils winning just one of their last four games – including the home defeat to Aston Villa and a disappointing draw against Everton.
Manchester United’s gruelling run in Octoberand November
October 16: Leicester (a) – Premier League
October 20: Atalanta (h) – Champions League
October 24: Liverpool (h) – Premier League
October 30: Tottenham (a) – Premier League
November 2: Atalanta (a) – Champions League
November 6: Man City (h) – Premier League November 20: Watford (a) – Premier League
November 23: Villarreal (a) – Champions League
November 28: Chelsea (a) – Premier League
November 30: Arsenal (h) – Premier League
After the international break, Manchester United face a formidable set of fixtures in October and November as they look to keep pace in the Premier League and ensure Champions League qualification, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the Manchester derby looming domestically.