Erik gives fitness update on De Gea and Varane

Friday 15 July 2022 17:11

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has delivered a positive update on the fitness of David De Gea and Raphael Varane.

The Dutchman was pleased with his side's performance in the 4-1 success against Melbourne Victory on Friday – a result that was secured without the services of the experienced pair.

De Gea was substituted during the second half of the 4-0 win over Liverpool earlier in the week, after pulling up when stretching to catch a ball just inside his box. He was subsequently rested from the game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Raphael Varane is expected back in training.

Varane was also absent from the squad for the Victory clash, after going to ground in some discomfort against the Merseysiders. The Frenchman was replaced in the starting XI by club captain Harry Maguire, who had recovered from a knock of his own.

However, both could be available for our next Tour 2022 assignment: Tuesday's fixture with Crystal Palace (11:10 BST kick-off), which is live on the United App and

"David, you saw against Liverpool, he fell out [injured] but he trains already and is back on the training pitch," the boss told journalists Down Under. "So no big worry.

"Rapha is also training but, yeah, something small, and I expect him back on the training pitch."

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