Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are regulars in Manchester United’s defense, but they will face off in the World Cup final on Sunday between France and Argentina.
Members of the same club team will compete against one another in the World Cup final on Sunday. Manchester United teammates Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are among those competing.
Two Manchester United players will square off in the World Cup final.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, both of whom play for Paris Saint-Germain, are tied for the most goals in the competition with five. Because of this, their matchup at Lusail Stadium will garner a lot of attention. For those who follow United, there will be another intriguing storyline.
Martinez and Varane haven’t played together as much as they will in the future due to the fɑct that the Argentina international only joined the club from Ajax in the summer, but they’ve already developed a good rapport. Despite the fɑct that Harry Maguire excelled for England during the World Cup, Roberto Martinez and Raphael Varane chose to leave him on the bench prior to the tournament.
The pair played extensively together in September, which also happened to be a time when United was in particularly good form. Following their 1-0 victory over Leicester on September 1, the two individuals expressed their feelings for one another.
“We’re definitely heading in the right direction!” “Bringing 3 points back to Manchester,” Varane wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him celebrating with Martinez, David de Gea, and Diogo Dalot. The hashtag “#MANCITY” accompanied the photo. “What a pleasure it is to play by your side brother,” Martinez responded in an email.
Rio Ferdinand, a former Manchester United defender, saw them together and was taken aback by how well they got along, describing them as “almost the perfect pair.” Both of these athletes’ journeys to the World Cup final were fraught with ups and downs.
Varane’s participation in the remainder of the 2018 World Cup was in serious doubt after suffering what appeared to be a major injᴜry during United’s match against Chelsea on October 22, which ended in a 1-1 tie. France won the World Cup, and Varane was a key contributor to the team’s success. After overcoming that setback, he was named to Didier Deschamps’ squad and has since played in all five of France’s games in Qatar.
Despite this, Deschamps will have to make a decision for the final because Ibrahima Konate, who replaced an injured Dayot Upamecano and performed admirably against Morocco on Wednesday night, will be competing. As a result, it is unknown who will accompany Varane on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, Martinez’s time in Qatar has not been without ups and downs. Despite playing in five games for Argentina, Lionel Scaloni has made numerous changes to Argentina’s starting lineup and structure throughout the competition.
Martinez started against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, but Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero were selected for the 3-0 win over Croatia in the semi-finals. Martinez did not take the field in the semi-finals. Scaloni typically starts him in games when the team uses a three-man defense with wing-backs, but he is usually benched when the team uses a 4-3-3 formation.