Raphaël Varane set to be out for ‘a few weeks’ as Manchester United’s injury list grows

It's not looking good for United — their backline, in particular.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 30th August 2023

Manchester United have confirmed that defender Raphaël Varane will miss the Red Devil’s away game against Arsenal this Sunday as the Frenchman is now set to be out for “a few weeks”.

The veteran centre-back is a key part of Erik ten Hag‘s first-choice defensive partnership and even scored the winner in the narrow 1-0 victory over Wolves on the opening day of the season, however, it’s no secret that he’s had his injury problems since joining the club.

Having been in and out of the squad on numerous occasions in his two years at Old Trafford, the 30-year-old made the decision to retire from international football to focus on his fitness and hopefully prolong his career, but it hasn’t stopped him from picking up yet another injury.

As stated by the club in an update on Wednesday, 30 August, Varane picked up another problem in their win against Nottingham Forest at the weekend and was ultimately subbed at half-time before they completed the thrilling 3-2 comeback, and he will now drop out of the side ahead of a crucial game against a historic rival.

As the message goes on to detail, the World Cup winner and four-time European champion was hooked off after 45 minutes “due to the complaint” and while the full extent of the injury has not been detailed, it is “expected to keep him out for a few weeks.”


This means that Varane will now likely miss most if not all of September and subsequently be unavailable for the Premier League games against Brighton at Old Trafford, Burnley away, and potentially Crystal Palace at home.

Worse still for Man United fans, Varane is just the latest in what appears to be a growing list of injured players which includes, Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo, Tom Heaton, Mason Mount, Amad Diallo, and more recently Luke Shaw — several of which are said to be out for extended periods.


One upshot is that they should finally get to see their new striker in action, Rasmus Højlund this weekend, as the previously unfit forward is set to make his debut at the Emirates.

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Varane did at least dismiss the reports that he had given “positive indications” of joining Saudi team Al-Ittihad earlier this month, insisting that he wants to stay and fight for silverware right here in Manchester.

Moreover, his injury will also likely put to bed any further rumblings that out-of-favour number five, Harry Maguire, will be departing the club as he and Victor Lindelöf will be needed to cover Varane’s position and any further defensive setbacks should they arise.


The struggling centre-back looked like he was London-bound when a deal with West Ham was reportedly agreed for a fee of £30m, but negotiations were said to have stalled after the clubs took too long to finalise terms.

With the summer transfer window shutting this Friday, 1 September, it’s still possible that United could recruit another back-up defender and have already been linked with signing Chelsea fullback, Marc Cucurella, on loan to fill in for Shaw and Malacia.

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Featured Image — Raphael Varane (via Instagram)