15 Mar 2022 | 13:01
Raphael Varane’s Class
Man Utd just won 3-2 against Tottenham in the Premier League. 3 points cannot help Man Utd overcome Arsenal, but it is a great spiritual medicine before the Atletico Madrid rematch. The Red Devils must beat their opponents to win tickets to the 1/8 round of the Champions League.
Before the game, coach Ralf Rangnick definitely had a headache in terms of personnel, especially in defense. After missing the Manchester derby due to testing positive for Covid-19, Raphael Varane returned to the starting line-up in the 3-2 win over Tottenham.
The return of the World Cup champion forced Victor Lindelof to sit on the bench. Meanwhile, Harry Maguire continues to act as captain. Notably, In 11 matches Maguire and Varane started and finished the match together, the Red Devils were unbeaten this season.
Coach Rangnick said: “Yes, it is very important that we have Varane, but with Lindelof we also won a few games and played well, and had a few clean sheets. Right now, we have some clean sheets. top player for central defender and it won’t be easy to make a decision.
When Lindelof came on for the last 10-15 minutes, he played well, but like I said, it’s good that Varane is fit. Now he is healthy and can play regularly.”
In the first leg in the Spanish capital, Rangnick used both Varane, Maguire and Lindelof. However, Lindelof unexpectedly started at right-back in place of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.
With Diego Simeone’s team often playing with a three-back formation, it is not excluded that Rangnick will continue to arrange Varane, Maguire and Lindelof in the starting line-up.
In the case of the decision to use four names in defense, it would be surprising if Rangnick removed Maguire because this is the biggest game of the season for Man Utd, despite the former Leicester City star just scored an own goal against Tottenham. .
Obviously, Rangnick has no intention of pushing Maguire to the bench. With Varane perfectly fit, and Lindelof always playing well when given the opportunity, Rangnick has reason to be difficult to make a choice with Maguire.
Maybe Maguire will still start and Man Utd fans need to pray that the English midfielder does not make any mistakes that lead to a disastrous result for the home team.