Harry Maguire will not be guaranteed a starting role.
The Man United captain was dropped for the second time in the club’s 1-0 win over Southampton this weekend.
Maguire continued with his captaincy armband under new manager Erik Ten Hag but that doesn’t guarantee him a start in the first XI.
Erik Ten Hag explains why Varane was picked ahead of Maguire in the last two games.
“I think that doesn’t mean when you are captain you are established to play always,” Ten Hag said. “Especially when you also have Varane in your squad.
“We have options. And you have already said… Varane… his stature is immense and in pre-season we took a decision to build him physically so he had a bit of a slow start.
“So he was fit in the first games but in the first period of pre-season he wasn’t always, so we are happy we built him in that way and you see when the team needed him he was really there and his profile, his stature and what he won already in the past shows he can really contribute to his team.”