By Ben Dinnery

15th Nov, 2021 | 9:00pm

Injury expert: Varane 'rushed back' as Solskjaer facing Man United sack

It was no surprise to see Raphael Varane “rushed back” recently given that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job as Man United boss is on the line.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Varane, who joined for an initial £34million in the summer, was taken off with a hamstring injury after 38 minutes in United’s eventual 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League on 2 November.

He had missed three games in October with a groin injury and his absence coincided with a dramatic downturn in results for Solskjaer’s side.

A United source told this site on 10 November that the United board will sack Solskjaer if results do not improve after the international break.

Dinnery claims that Varane’s rushed return to first-team action at the start of the month was far from ideal but ultimately understandable.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “The concern was that he’d already had a period on the sidelines this season.

“It wasn’t a huge amount of time, just over two-and-a-half weeks. That was an adductor problem. He was thrown back in with very little training.

“He came through that first game fine, but then he has pulled up three days later with this hamstring problem in the Champions League.

“I wasn’t surprised to see him clearly rushed back because that game was huge and another defeat at that point could have cost Ole his job.

“But it certainly wasn’t ideal off the back of very little training. His pre-season programme was heavily disrupted as well.

“We know the more pre-season training you are able to get, the more protected you are.”

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