Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed to the club’s in-house media source, MUTV that Raphaël Varane is back on the grass. The Norwegian manager also stated that the player is working really hard in his rehabilitation to get back to his full fitness ahead of a hectic fixture list in the coming weeks.
The center-back would be pivotal to the first-team in terms of playing a high-line while attacking inside the oppositions box. His presence would ensure some confidence for players like Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw when they move forward with the ball. The French defender’s anticipation would set an equidistant template and connectivity with both midfield and the back four as he ranks within the 90th percentile under the pass completion stats.
Solskjaer’s Red Devils will be facing their fiercest rivals Liverpool this Sunday but Varane won’t make it by then as he needs to go through multiple sessions on grass before raising his hands up for team selections later this week. The Frenchman suffered from a groin injury in the UEFA Nations League final against Spain, where he was subbed off before half-time. But still he went on to win the game, achieving the 19th major title of his statuesque career.
Varane joined the club from Real Madrid as he wanted to experience a new challenge in the Premier League after winning major honours for the Spanish club. He was United’s No.1 defensive target this summer and the likes of John Murtough, Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped in securing the player’s signature by the end of last July. He has been appreciated by players as a role model and the club believe that his presence would give the team more assurances in the biggest stages of the game.