Varane explains why players are like F1 cars
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has provided a detailed update about his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The classy centre-back had only recently returned from a different problem with his groin, suffered while representing France, when he was forced off during the Reds' 2-2 draw at Atalanta in the Champions League.
It has led to another untimely spell on the sidelines for the defender, who accepts he is needing to adapt to the rigours of life in the Premier League after switching from Real Madrid in the summer.
However, he acknowledges this is something he is addressing, in order to get back to helping United on the pitch.
"Yes, I’m working very hard and, you know, footballers are like F1 [cars] so sometimes we have to change something and to improve the motor," he told club media at Carrington.
"I think I have to change a little thing because it’s a big difference, a big change.
"The kind of work is different work so I have to adapt. I know that and I’m working very hard to be at my best as quickly as possible. I know it’s big work but I’m ready to do it, to try to improve.
"I’m very excited to come back to help the team."
The 28-year-old has returned to training on the grass at Carrington as he continues his rehabilitation, although former caretaker manager Michael Carrick revealed recently that the World Cup winner may be out a little while longer.
However, it is hoped new interim boss Ralf Rangnick will be able to call on Varane's services at some point, with the December fixtures piling up before the end of the year.
Raphael was speaking to club media as part of a wide-ranging interview for the February edition of Inside United, the official magazine, which is on sale early next month.