Erik ten Hag denies any rift rumours with Raphael Varane

Varane came off the bench to replace Evans in the first 20 minutes against Copenhagen.

Man United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that he does not have an issue with centre-back Raphael Varane. The former Real Madrid man was a regular fixture in the side last season after making a solid defensive partnership with Lisandro Martinez.

The Frenchman has struggled for consistent game time this season due to injury and Ten Hag’s selection decisions. He has been named among the substitutes for three of Man United’s last four matches. Ten Hag is preferring to use Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans.

While talking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Luton Town, Ten Hag responded to speculation about a possible breakdown in his relationship with the French international.

When asked whether there was an issue, Ten Hag spoke to reporters: “Absolutely not. As I said, it is about tactical reasons why I chose these partnerships. I think Harry [Maguire] and Jonny [Evans] did well.

“Last year Harry didn’t play a lot, so I was very happy with Rapha’s performances. I have always been happy with his performance. But in this moment, Harry is playing very well and there is internal competition.”

Varane came off the bench to replace Evans in the first 20 minutes of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Copenhagen.

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