Ralf Rangnick takes sly dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over handling of Man Utd ace

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has taken a sly dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his poor handling of defender Raphael Varane.

The Frenchman joined United last summer for a fee of around £40million and he’s impressed when fit.

But Varane’s debut campaign has been interrupted with a variety of injuries, which has prevented the defender from forming a partnership with either Victor Lindelof or Harry Maguire.

A groin injury just five weeks into the season left Varane sidelined for over a fortnight but he was back in the side for the crucial Champions League visit to Atalanta.

However, Varane was withdrawn midway through the first half after suffering a hamstring injury and he spent six costly weeks on the sidelines.

Rangnick has taken far more caution with Varane since he took charge and the defender’s only missed a couple of fixtures with non-injury issues like coronavirus and stomach issues.

And the German took a slight dig at Solskjaer’s handling of the defender today, speaking before United’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.

Asked about his options in defence, Rangnick said he was treating Varane with care: ‘When Victor [Lindelöf] came on [vs Tottenham], he played well.

‘As I said, it’s good to have Raphaël [Varane] fully fit again. We looked after him and he looked after himself, not playing too early again. Now he seems to be fit on a regular basis

‘He’s [Varane] very important but with Victor Lindelöf we have also won quite a few games and played well and had a few clean sheets.

‘Right now, we have top players in the centre of defence and it will not be so easy for me to take that decision for tomorrow.’

Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw were all back in training after missing the win against Tottenham on Saturday.

While Fernandes and McTominay have been cleared fit, there’s a bigger question mark over Shaw.

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