Raphael Varane, France’s starting centre-back, will not play again until the World Cup. Still, Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for the match of Manchester United against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.
United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday night left Varane with a leg injury. So, Ronaldo was benched after leaving Old Trafford before the end of the previous game against Tottenham.
We have to see how he grows, how his rehab will progress,” Ten Hag said when asked if Varane would be available for the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar on November 20. The 29-year-old has 87 caps for France and recently fell awkwardly while challenging Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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Ronaldo was kept off the squad for Saturday’s game against Spurs because he refused to come on as a substitute and departed the field in the 89th minute. He is available for Thursday’s game.
The 37-year-old forward for Portugal afterwards apologized, claiming that he let “the heat of the occasion” get to him. In the meantime, the FA has charged United with failing to manage their players during the tie with Chelsea.
Referee Stuart Attwell gave United a penalty kick after Scott McTominay was called for a foul on Armando Broja inside the penalty area. The club has been charged with misconduct by the FA for the second time this season. Following an incident against Newcastle earlier this month, players surrounded referee Craig Pawson after he denied a Ronaldo goal.
“Varane isn’t in the squad. He will be out until the World Cup,” United boss Erik ten Hag confirmed.
Ten Hag said: “I think we said everything and answered all the questions. He was out for one game and now he is back.”
“Manchester United FC allegedly failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in the 84th minute,” an FA statement read.