Rangnick provides Raphael Varane fitness update ahead of Brighton clash

Raphael Varane has had injury problems throughout his career but Ralf Rangnick is happy with how the defender has stayed fit during a run of games in Manchester United’s defence.

It would be premature to say Varane has overcome his injury struggles because we’ll need to see him play between now and the end of the season, but it’s definitely encouraging to see him adapt to the English game.

Rangnick has confirmed that the Frenchman is now in a strong enough position to start a high volume of fixtures in a short space of time, which is great news for United who take on Brighton in the Premier League tonight.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Rangnick said: “I spoke to himthis morning [Monday] about how he feels and if he is willing and able to play again tomorrow [Tuesday].

“He said ‘yes’, he feels good and I think the most important step for him was to stay in good health.

“And also, for him, to move to the Premier League was a big difference from the Spanish First Division to the English Premier League. It’s a different type of football, more physical, with more speed and more physicality. It’s good to have him in good shape.

“We need to make sure he doesn’t get injured again. Yes, it’s good to have him in our squad now.”

The former Real Madrid defender had injury problems at the beginning of the season, which derailed his progress and adaptation period, but we can now look forward to seeing Varane at his best.

United need it, too. We’ve been a complete shambles in defence this season but Varane’s still managed to be a silver lining.

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