Yesterday evening, Raphael Varane made his return to play with Manchester United, making his first appearance for the club since the conclusion of the World Cup. This was Varane’s first game with Manchester United since the World Cup. It was the beginning of Varane’s second season with the Red Devils when this event took place.
Because Victor Lindelof was unwell and Harry Maguire had only very recently been deemed healthy enough to play on the bench, it was important that Varane make his return as soon as humanly feasible.
Because Lisandro Martinez had not yet returned from Argentina’s World Cup squad after competing in the tournament, Luke Shaw was required to play center back with Raphael Varane.
Erik ten Hag complimented Varane on his professionalism, and he emphasized that there will be no obstacles in the way of Varane’s speedy return to the team.
Varane was a key contributor to United’s triumph over their rival, during which he played all 76 minutes of the game and helped the team keep a clean sheet. The final score was 3-0 in favor of United.
Ten Hag stated that Varane had assured him that he will be allowed to take part in the game during an interview with MUTV. Ten Hag claimed that Varane had given him this comfort.
The following is the rationale that Ten Hag provided for his actions: “I spoke with him the day before, and that is simply how he is. He is prepared to assume responsibility for his actions.
Because he is so important to the group, the team, and the manager, he is the reason he is so successful and why he has won so many trophies. Because of it, he has garnered numerous awards. There was no room for question when he assured me that he is prepared.
The manager’s comments demonstrate how much he values the team’s defensive player.
In spite of the fact that he did a small amount of preparation before the game and that they “took care” of him because of his injury history, he still considered the situation to be a “emergency” from the perspective of the selection process. This was the case even though he did some limited preparation before the game. He said that he had done some preparation for the game, albeit not a lot of it.
Ten Hag responded to the game by saying the following once it was over: “Rapha, I think, he exhibits once again his fantastic nature, the excellent standards he is bringing Manchester United by coming from the World Cup.”
He is prepared to take on responsibility to play, and he did an outstanding job in the role that he was given despite the fact that we were having difficulties at the center-back position. Once more, he was a rather crucial piece of the puzzle that our team was trying to solve.
The young defender Rhys Bennett, who Ten Hag has praised in the past and who performed admirably in a recent exhibition friendly against Real Betis, was also on the bench for the midweek match. Casemiro began in his stead. Both Rhys Bennett and Casemiro performed admirably in their individual contests.
The ability to select a defender who has taken part in two World Cup finals is one advantage having Varane back gives over either of these other options.
He hadn’t played for United since their match against Chelsea in the middle of October, and he didn’t make his comeback until last night. It was gratifying to observe that he had returned.