How Raphael Varane responded to losing Manchester United spot to Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans

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How Raphael Varane responded to losing Manchester United spot to Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans
Raphael Varane has made four starts in the league this season (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Raphael Varane has made four starts in the league this season (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Raphael Varane has accepted Erik ten Hag’s decision to drop him from Manchester United’s starting XI.

The Frenchman was a mainstay in the side last season, forming a good centre-back parternship with Lisandro Martinez.

But he’s struggled with form and injury this season, making just four starts in the Premier League.

However, Varane has recovered from injury for the last month but is yet to win back his place.

Erik ten Hag paired Jonny Evans with Harry Maguire for the Manchester derby defeat to City last month, and said the decision was for tactical reasons.

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Varane’s future is up in the air(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

With Evans injured for the win against Luton on Saturday, Varane had been expected to start.

But Ten Hag paired Maguire with Victor Lindelof and only brought on Varane in the closing stages.

Despite being fifth choice centre-back, the Athletic say Varane has accepted Ten Hag’s decision.

He believes Maguire’s plight shows that it is possible for any player to break back into the side, and feels his time will come again.

The defender remains happy at the club, despite interest from Saudi Arabia.

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