Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives an update on Raphael Varane’s injury


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Raphael Varane felt a problem with his hamstring during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The World Cup winner was sent off in the 38th minute with his team one goal below, with Mason Greenwood as a replacement.

The Red Devils managed to secure a point in Italy, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two points – one was an effort in the 91st minute – to interrupt battles from Josip Illicic and Duvan Zapata.

After the match, Solskjaer admitted that he could not afford to take any chances with Varane’s condition.

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

Varane’s availability to face Manchester City in what could be another potentially decisive match for Solskjaer is now in great doubt. He has seized the landslide that followed the 5-0 loss to Liverpool with a win over Tottenham and a draw against Atalanta, but another heavy defeat against a Premier League title challenger could put the pressure back on the Norwegian manager again.

After 87 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Jadon Sancho found himself out of position and his organization level dropped to passable. The English national team player has had a slow start to the season and did not play at all in United’s victory against Spurs.

Solskjaer added: “Jadon will come well, Jadon has a good work rate and attitude and quality.

“I thought he was really sharp when he came in, the first nod he cleared for us, he was sharp on the ball. They will all have a big role to play and he will have many many years as a good player. here.”

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