On Sunday, the 29-year-old player was taken out of the championship match due to injury during extra time. He was replaced by Ibrahima Konate only seven minutes before the match proceeded to penalties, where Argentina defeated his France team.
France’s Raphael Varane was a member of the team that was defeated in the World Cup final. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
Concerns have been raised over the status of Manchester United’s central defense as the team prepares to face Burnley in the League Cup on Wednesday and then Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on the 27th. Manchester United will return to domestic play in the League Cup on Wednesday.
However, it was reported in the Manchester Evening News that he did not suffer any injuries during the World Cup final and that the only reason he had to be substituted was because he was so exhausted.
After recuperating from an ankle ailment that was hurting him before to the tournament and then overcoming an illness that he was battling prior to the final, Varane started six of France’s seven games in Qatar. France finished the tournament in first place.
It looked like everything had finally caught up with him as he slumped on the floor late in the match just before being hauled off.
In Doha, extra time resulted in the forced substitution of Varane (Picture: Getty Images)
Even if Varane had avoided injury in the World Cup final, he still would not have been used in the matches against Burnley on Wednesday or against Forest the following week. However, it is possible that he will be available for selection when the Red Devils travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on the 31st of December.
As a result of reaching the final with Argentina, Lisandro Martinez will also be anticipating some time off, which means that Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof will most likely continue to team up for United.
Ten Hag could unearth Man Utd’s ‘next Pogba’ by signing £17m World Cup ‘almighty midfielder’
The pursuit of Adrien Rabiot by Manchester United during the summer of 2016 resulted in a blizzard of ill will between the two clubs when the Red Devils were unable to consummate the transaction in the eleventh hour.
What exactly is this word? According to a report published by 90min, a number of Premier League clubs, in addition to Barcelona, have been presented with the opportunity to ᴘᴜʀᴄʜᴀsᴇ the Juventus midfielder prior to the expiration of his contract, with a transfer fee of approximately €20 ᴍɪʟʟɪᴏɴ (£17 ᴍɪʟʟɪᴏɴ) being rumored.
One of these teams is the Red Devils, who appear to be impressed by the hard-working ace once again after failing to reach an agreement with him on personal terms during a transfer attempt the previous year.
Indeed, a deal for the summer has been nearly finalized, so Manchester United will have to start from scratch if they want to secure his signing. This comes at a time when interest in him has increased as a result of his performance at the World Cup in Qatar.
Man Utd’s next Pogba? It is common knowledge that Rabiot desires a speedy departure from Juventus, and a number of clubs in addition to United have expressed interest in signing him. These clubs include Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite this, there is still a chance that Rabiot will finish his unfinished business with the club now that the Red Devils are slowly but surely moving in the right path after so many difficult years of instability.
According to The Athletic, Rabiot has stated that he would like to play his trade in the Premier League at some point in the future, and the now 27-year-old player could feel that the time has come for him to make such a move as he reaches the prime of his career.
He was quoted as saying, “I have always said that I’d like to play in England at some point in my career.” That longing is still within me. My goal is to improve while playing in the Premier League.
“At this moment, I don’t have a specific Premier League team in mind. I have not decided on a group or anything else yet. It applies to most situations. The league itself and the caliber of competition that is taking place are the primary factors that draw me in. It is a reflection of my characteristics.”
Should the Red Devils be successful in their pursuit of the Frenchman, they would immediately have a composed and dogged presence in the center of their midfield.
With a season ranking of 7.29 on Sofascore, he would undoubtedly be an improvement over players such as Scott McTominay, who has posted a dismal rating of 6.63 in the league this season. He might even be able to fill the void that Paul Pogba has left behind at the club since he left to join Juventus, which is also the name of Pogba’s new team.
Pogba joined Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world-record cost of £89 ᴍɪʟʟɪᴏɴ from the Turin giants, who he joined from the Red Devils when he was a teenager. Pogba then re-signed for the Bianconeri on a free transfer last year, making the entire situation quite confusing.
Rabiot was able to fill the open position in Erik ten Hag’s team and bring a sense of dependability to the group, something that his compatriot was not always in a position to do. Since the beginning of the 2019/20 season, he has been sidelined for only 13 games due to injury. In comparison, Pogba has been sidelined for 108 games during the same time frame.
The “exceptional” Rabiot, as lauded by journalist Dominic Booth, has played a vital part for France at the World Cup, which will culminate in a seismic final ᴄᴏɴꜰʀᴏɴᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ against Argentina. France will play Argentina.
According to Sofascore, he has an average rating of 7.16 and has raised his worth with a streak of good performances. He has averaged 1.6 shots per game, completed 86% of his passes, and chipped in with two tackles per match.
Should United attempt to make a move for Rabiot, and should they be successful in doing so, they would strengthen the middle of the park, build a sense of structure and foundation, and pave the way for a new prosperous era under Ten Hag at Old Trafford. However, it ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴs to be seen whether United make a move for Rabiot, and whether they are successful in making such a move.