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Raphael Varane reveals Man Utd return date after Covid infection; praises top Prem striker

Man Utd centre-back Raphael Varane during a Premier League match 2021

Manchester United centre-half Raphael Varane believes he is fit to return for the club this weekend when they play Tottenham.

Varane has endured a troublesome debut season at Old Trafford. It has been affected by groin and hamstring injuries, as well as stomach problems. His most recent setback involved the contraction of coronavirus ahead of the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Luke Shaw also missed the derby after testing positive, while strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani were both injured.

Ralf Rangnick has been given a boost ahead of Saturday’s clash against Spurs, as France international Varane says he is fit.

The 28-year-old told club mediaYeah, I’m OK. I’m training normally. I feel better and I’m ready to help the team and to look forward.”

Varane was asked about the last meeting between United and Spurs, which ended in a 3-0 victory for the Red Devils. That result proved to be Nuno Espirito Santo’s final game in charge of the North London outfit as Antonio Conte soon came in to replace him.

“It was a very good game,” Varane added. “I think we played very well and we respected the plan of the game. I think we were very, very solid and the result was a great result.”

Raphael Varane praises England ace

Should Varane return to United’s starting eleven, then he will come up against Spurs striker Harry Kane. The England captain has been in blistering form of late, registering five goals in his last four Premier League outings.

“He’s in good form,” Varane said of Kane. “He’s a very good player. I like to be playing against the best players in the world and in the Premier League there is a lot of very good strikers.

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“Every game is a challenge and we have to be ready for this. Against this kind of player you have to be ready and focused in every moment.

“We can’t leave a lot of space because they are very good. We have to be ready.”

Manager told to join Man Utd

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has told Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to quit the club and believes United would be the perfect place for him.

“Manchester United have been presented with the ideal opportunity to recruit the manager who should be their number one target: Thomas Tuchel,” Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.

“Given the events at Chelsea, United’s decision to wait until the end of the season presents them with a choice no-one could have foreseen.

“Tuchel, like everyone else at Stamford Bridge, will have no idea what the future holds at his current club. No-one can offer him any assurances about how the squad will look at the start of next season given the club’s sale is on hold.

“No manager wants to be working amid such a background of uncertainty. If he gets the chance to leave for a club of United’s stature, he must take it.”

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