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Manchester United: Journalist outlines Raphael Varane concern

During Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea last Saturday, French defender Raphael Varane suffered a knee injury which forced him to leave the field in tears.

Journalist Pete O’Rourke offered his thoughts to GIVEMESPORT, saying of the 29-year-old: “Personally, he will be worried that this injury could possibly keep him out of the World Cup with France next month.”

This is a big blow for United, especially since they appear to be hitting their stride and gaining some much-needed momentum before the World Cup puts the Premier League season on hiatus.

Varane was part of the France squad which became world champions in 2018, and if he does miss the upcoming tournament in Qatar, it will also be a huge blow for Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps.

The centre-back joined United from Real Madrid in August 2021 and played 22 league matches last season, achieving a SofaScore rating of 6.97 and winning 71% of his duels throughout the campaign, successfully transitioning from La Liga to English football with ease.

This season, Varane has continued his solid start to life at Old Trafford and missed just one league match before the injury he sustained against Chelsea.

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The Frenchman ranks second in Erik ten Hag’s squad for clearances per game (3.8) and in the top ten for tackles per match (1.2), and the Dutchman will surely miss the 29-year-old’s physical presence in the heart of the defence.

United have another five fixtures to play before the mid-season break due to the World Cup, and Ten Hag will undoubtedly be hoping that his team can win them all.

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Losing Varane is a blow to the manager and United based on the performance figures above, but if he does miss the World Cup, it might aid the player in his rehabilitation and he could emerge even stronger after Christmas following an extended rest.

Ten Hag is slowly adjusting to English football, and despite some poor results against the likes of Man City and Brentford, there are plenty of positives to take from his first three months in charge (wins over Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham stand out).

The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping for some excellent performances over the next three weeks, even though Varane is unlikely to be involved.

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