Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has revealed that Raphael Varane has returned to training following an ankle injury but Marcus Rashford could miss the Wolves match on Saturday.
Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof have started as Ten Hag’s centre-back partnership in the Red Devils’ last five matches in all competitions with Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire all out injured.
While Martinez is out for the rest of the season, there is some good news for Man Utd supporters with Ten Hag confirming Varane’s return to training, although top goalscorer Rashford is likely to miss out against Wolves.
Ten Hag delivered the bittersweet news at a pre-match press conference, he told reporters: “Rapha [Varane] is back, but we have doubts over Marcus [Rashford]. We are doubtful, more than doubtful. There is a big question mark over him.”
On when Alejandro Garnacho could be back at full fitness, Ten Hag added: “He has had one more week worth of training, so he is available. We have seen he can bring something extra in the team.”
Back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Wolves in the Premier League has seen Man Utd allow Liverpool back into the race for the top four with Jurgen Klopp’s side winning six matches in a row.
Liverpool are just one point behind but Man Utd still have a game in hand on their arch-rivals with a place in the Champions League at stake.
On the threat of Liverpool, Ten Hag continued: “It’s clear, we know that, but it’s not important because we have everything in our hands. We must bring our performance, then it’s not importmant. What is important is the opponent we face tomorrow: Wolves.
“We have to take them seriously. They have done a great job, focus on that but they also have deficits, take advantage of that.”
When asked if his side were experiencing any nerves, Ten Hag replied: “No. We are convinced by what we are doing. We have had a lot of success, winning a lot of games. Instructions are clear but we have to execute them. When we do that we are successful.”
Amad Diallo has had a brilliant season on loan at Sunderland from Man Utd, contributing 13 goals and three assists in 37 league matches, as the Mackems qualified for the Championship play-offs.
On whether the youngster has a future at Man Utd, Ten Hag said: “Yes, of course, we loan such players to make development and progress to bring them back, that is the aim of the loan.
“They are really strong, we mentor them, we follow them, we have communication over the season, especially Darren Fletcher, who invests a lot in such a process. The aim is to bring them back as a better player with experience.”
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