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Erik ten Hag explains Raphael Varane absence as Man Utd star misses Fulham clash

Erik ten Hag explains Raphael Varane absence as Man Utd star misses Fulham clash

The Red Devils boss has revealed why.

Raphael Varane is missing from Manchester United's squad to face Fulham this afternoon, and has been replaced by Harry Maguire.

Varane has been integral to the Red Devils' success this season, forming a formidable partnership with Lisandro Martinez in the heart of defence.

In the 29-year-old's absence, Erik ten Hag has handed Maguire a start along with the captain's armband.

The England international has been limited to just 10 Premier League appearances this season, with only two of those coming since the Qatar World Cup came to an end.

His lack of game time has led to mass speculation surrounding his future, with the 30-year-old rumoured with a move away from Old Trafford.

He will play alongside Lisandro Martinez. Whilst Victor Lindelof makes the bench.

Why is Varane not playing?

Ten Hag revealed that Varane is missing through injury, believing he would be back after the international break.

Ahead of the contest, Ten Hag told reporters: He's injured. Is it serious? It's hard to say, but I don't think so. It's a minor concern. He'll recover and I think he'll be back after the break."

The Red Devils boss is also without Casemiro after he picked up a four-match suspension against Southampton. Whilst Alejandro Garnacho is also sidelined with an ankle injury.

Supporters will be hoping they can get the job done without them, but it won't be an easy task against a Fulham side looking to bounce back from their 3-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

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Topics: Manchester United, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Erik Ten Hag, FA Cup, Football