Following Raphael Varane’s return to training on Wednesday morning, Manchester United and interim manager Ralf Rangnick have received a significant selection boost.
The Manchester Evening News said that the France international had been sighted arriving at the club’s Carrington training base, but that fellow defender Luke Shaw was not present.
Their recent positive Covid-19 tests resulted in their exclusion from Sunday’s Manchester derby due to the fact that the two were unable to play.
He has actually missed the team’s last five matches as a result of his absence. Rangnick was forced to make a last-minute alteration to his starting lineup against Brighton and Hove Albion last month after being set to start against them.
Rangnick told BBC Sport after the game that Varane was sick, and the club’s official website confirmed his late exclusion before kickoff against the Seagulls.
Following a successful dinner and team meeting, “On the way back from the hotel,” the German explained. “He was having gastrointestinal issues. We had hoped to get rid of it with medication, but he was not feeling well, which is why we switched to Victor Lindelof as a replacement player for the time being.
In the wake of three losses, this is critical.” After this game, we have another hard game against Leeds on Sunday, when we will play high-speed football for 95 minutes. We must recuperate quickly and be in top form for that game.”
It is possible that Varane’s return may give Man United a lift.
With United trying to rebound from last weekend’s 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s City, the Red Devils will travel to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend.
Although it is unclear whether or not Varane will be recalled to Rangnick’s starting lineup, the news that he has returned to training with three days to go will undoubtedly provide a big lift to fans ahead of what is a’must-win’ fixture in the race for the top four positions.