Ten Hag: Varane will miss the World Cup and Ronaldo will play the sheriff

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Eric Ten Hag said on Wednesday that French defender Raphael Varane will not play until the end of the World Cup, adding that striker Cristiano Ronaldo will play Sheriff Tiraspol in Europa League. Varane, 29, injured his ankle midway through the second half in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea over the weekend and looked stunned as he left Stamford Bridge. Ten Hag confirmed that the 2018 World Cup-winning defender would miss United’s six remaining games before the mid-season break, but did not rule out his participation in the finals to be held. in Qatar between November 20 and December 18. “Rafa Varane is not on the team,” Hag told reporters ahead of Sharif’s visit to Old Trafford on Thursday. He will be absent until the end of the World Cup and will not play so many (matches) for Manchester United. “I think (he will be ready for the World Cup) but we have to wait. We have to see how it will develop and what the rehabilitation process will be like ”. Ronaldo trained away from the team and was barred from facing Chelsea last Saturday after refusing to play as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur in the team’s previous game. The 37-year-old is back in training in first team on Tuesday and provided a moral boost to United’s attack in absence of Anthony Martial in the last four games due to a back injury. “Christian will be in pink tomorrow, “Ten Hag said. It wasn’t hard. We said it all and answered all the questions from last week. It was off the list. in only one game and now he’s back as usual. ”The Hague added that he would make a last-minute decision on captain Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who also returned to training on Tuesday after training. recovered from injuries. United are second in Group E with nine points, three behind leaders Real Sociedad, while Sharif are third with three points, two games before the end of the group stage. United need a point to secure the qualify for the group stage, but must win to maintain their chances of leading the group to avoid playing two knockout matches against one of the third-placed finishers in Champions League. (Reuters)