Raphael Varane injury: Key United defender doubtful for Manchester derby with hamstring problem

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Raphael Varane injury: Key United defender doubtful for Manchester derby with hamstring problem
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Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is a key injury doubt for this weekend’s Manchester derby due to injury.

The French centre-back’s return from a groin problem suffered on international duty provided a huge boost to the under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend, with his calm and assured presence vital to the success of a new three-man defensive system alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Solskjaer stayed with three at the back for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Atalanta, with Eric Bailly starting in place of the injured Lindelof.

However, Varane suffered another setback shortly before half-time in Bergamo, with Mason Greenwood taking his place as the United boss engineered another tactical switch.

Cristiano Ronaldo eventually came to the rescue again with goals in stoppage time at the end of each half.

Solskjaer was pressed for an injury update after the 2-2 draw that kept United top of Group F with two matches remaining and sounded concerned over Varane ahead of Saturday’s crucial Premier League derby against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

“He felt his hamstring. So of course you can’t take any risks, unfortunately,” the Norwegian told BT Sport. “Rafa has been such a calming influence when he’s on the pitch. We lost him but that’s football.”

 (Manchester United via Getty Imag)
(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

In his post-match press conference, Solskjaer added: “First look at it, he felt his hamstring as he ran there.

“He didn’t want to risk anything. First assessment doesn’t look good. Fingers crossed.”

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