Rangnick says Varane and Cavani unlikely to feature against Young Boys

Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani were pictured back in Manchester United training ahead of the Champions League clash with Young Boys.

But interim manager Ralf Rangnick said at his pre-match press conference that the pair are not yet back in full training and will not be until next week.

He also offered an update on Anthony Martial and said that the Frenchman will not be in full training until after the Norwich game on Saturday.

Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek will start the game with the Swiss outfit, but Varane, Cavani and Martial will not be involved.

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“Edi did [train] yesterday but it was the first time Raphael was on the pitch together with the team. If everything goes well, I expect both of them back in full training next week, hopefully Monday next week, they will be participating in all training sessions,” he said.

“Obviously, they’re both top players, we would be happy to have them on board as soon as possible but, especially with Rapha and his injury record in the past, we need to make sure that we will have him at the end of the season.

“So it’s also about sustainability and not only getting him fit as soon as possible. It would be great to have both players available as soon as possible but, as I said, if possible, for the rest of the season.

“Anthony trained with us on Saturday in the final session before the Crystal Palace game. Half an hour after training, the doctor and the medical department informed me he has some pain on his knee. It’s not a fresh injury, it’s symptoms he had in the past already.

“We need to make sure he is reducing the amount of pain in the next couple of days and, hopefully, have him back next week.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a habit of rushing players back rapidly from injury and that is perhaps why Varane got a second injury so quickly after the one he sustained in the Nations League final.

Rangnick is clearly keen to take a slower, more patient approach, to ensure that Varane does not break down again and that is wise.

Cavani’s season so far has been incredibly frustrating but hopefully once he is back, he will be able to put a run of games together.

Martial missed his first opportunity to impress his new manager and saw Anthony Elanga brought on when United were chasing a goal against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Cavani’s intense running and professionalism seems better suited to Rangnick’s management than Martial’s more languid style but time will tell.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.