Man Utd handed return date for Raphael Varane after Anfield defensive meltdown

Manchester United could welcome summer signing Raphael Varane back to first-team action sooner than expected following his injury during the recent international break.

The 28-year-old France defender was not available for their Premier League defeats against Leicester and Liverpool, with his team-mates conceding nine goals across those two fixtures.

Varane, who won the Champions League on four occasions during his time at Real Madrid, had begun to form a partnership with club captain Harry Maguire before his groin injury.

With the initial club statement saying that Varane would be out for a few weeks, there has been a positive update over his potential return to action.

The Sun reports that Varane has been given the 'green light' to step up his recovery by United medics and has already started running with he conditioning team.

The report adds that Varane has also been using the bike in the gym to keep up his fitness levels.

It continues that Solskjaer has hinted he could even back ahead of fixtures against Tottenham on Saturday and Atalanta on Tuesday.

However, the derby against Manchester City the following weekend could be more realistic.

The initial club statement read: "Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final.

"He has commenced rehabilitation at the club. He will be out for a few weeks."

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With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying about the defender this week: “He’s working hard.

“As I said, it’s hard to put a time limit on players that you don’t really know, but he’s been on the grass and who knows?”

United sit seventh in the Premier League table following back-to-back defeats, with clashes against Tottenham, Manchester City, Watford and Chelsea coming later this month.

The Norwegian boss has said of his future: "This is the worst feeling. You feel rock bottom and the feeling we've had, that we are getting to where we want to be, has been there.

"But in the last few weeks we've hit a brick wall. The results haven't come, the performances haven't come, we've conceded too many goals, too many easy goals and that's a concern.

"Well, I've heard nothing else [on my future] and I'm still thinking about tomorrow's work.

"Of course, we're all low, I can't say now that I've felt any worse than this, this is the worse I've been, the lowest I've been, but I accept the responsibility and that is mine today and it's mine going forward."

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