Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand picked out two players which have transformed Erik ten Hag’s team following a hard-fought draw with Chelsea on Saturday. Years on from his own menacing centre-back partnership with Nemanja Vidic, the previous England defender believes that Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane could possibly be key to the Red Devils’ success this season.
Despite a shaky start under Ten Hag, United are actually on a six-game unbeaten streak since losing 6-3 to Manchester City earlier this month. The last two have been particularly impressive, with a 2-0 home win over Tottenham followed up by a decent draw at Stamford Bridge.
The Red Devils showed great spirit to get themselves back in the sport after Scott McTominay gave away a late penalty, which was converted by Jorginho. Deep into second-half stoppage time, Casemiro popped up with an enormous goal to separate the points in west London.
It wasn’t all positive news for United, nevertheless, as Varane broke down in tears across the hour mark after suffering an injury that appears to have put his World Cup hopes unsure.
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Varane and summer signing Lisandro Martinez have forged an efficient partnership in recent weeks with club captain Harry Maguire struggling for form and game time. Ferdinand, who remodeled 450 appearances for the Red Devils, has praised them for his or her impact.
“It seems to me that it’s not going to be Harry Maguire who is available in now,” he told his FIVE YouTube channel. “It looks like it is going to be [Victor] Lindelof. Lindelof is decent, I believe he’ll are available in and do a job, it just depends how long he’s being asked to try this job.
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“Martinez has been top this season but Varane gives us that something different, that speed, that have and physicality. I believe he could possibly be an enormous loss. You wish those two [Varane and Martinez] back together. We have seen right away that those two together make us a special team, it’s so simple as that.”
Varane had an MRI scan following the Chelsea game and it appears as if the diagnosis just isn’t as serious as he first feared. The Frenchman is poised to miss between three and 4 weeks of motion as he stays in contention to feature in Qatar, although United fans will likely should wait until after the World Cup to see him in motion at club level.
Having signed from Real Madrid last summer, Varane has step by step settled into his role at Old Trafford and, before his injury, he found himself as an integral member of an increasingly settled Ten Hag side. With greater than 350 appearances for Los Blancos, the 29-year-old has 4 Champions Leagues and a World Cup on his CV, amongst other silverware.
United’s congested fixture list continues until domestic motion stops for the World Cup with Sheriff Tiraspol next up within the Europa League on Thursday. Martinez and Lindelof are more likely to be called upon to carry down the fort in the approaching weeks with West Ham travelling to Old Trafford for the following dose of Premier League motion on Sunday.