Manchester United suffer major injury blow ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea clashes

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Raphael Varane suffered a hamstring injury in their draw with Atalanta on Tuesday evening.

Varane was substituted in the second-half of the 2-2 draw in Bergamo in midweek and Solskjaer revealed after the game that the France international injured his hamstring.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the Man United manager said: “He felt his hamstring. So of course you can’t take any risks, unfortunately. Rafa has been such a calming influence when he is on the pitch. We lost him but that is football.”

According to a recent report from French news outlet L’Equipe, Varane is set to miss between three and four weeks of action through injury.

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This means United could be without the French central defender for their trip to Chelsea on November 28 and then a few days later when they welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford.

This comes as a huge blow for Solskjaer, with the former Real Madrid star proving his value when on the pitch for United this season, especially considering the side’s defensive woes recently. United have won four out of their six Premier League matches with Varane in the side this season.

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Harry Maguire has been criticised recently for his performances, with the United captain struggling to replicate the form he showed at the European Championships for England over the summer.

Arsenal and Chelsea will be hoping Man United’s recent form will continue before their games against Solskjaer’s side in the coming weeks.

Man United picked up a much-needed three points against Tottenham on Saturday evening, a result that effectively cost Nuno Espirito Santo his job at Spurs, with Solskjaer’s team bouncing back from being humiliated against Liverpool six days before.

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