“Erik ten Hag’s Decision to Bench Raphael Varane in Manchester United’s Premier League Clash Against City Explained”

Erik ten Hag, the coach of Manchester United, left Raphael Varane out of the starting XI for the Manchester derby against City due to tactical considerations. The French center-back has only started one Premier League match since his return from injury in late September. However, he was trusted in the last two Champions League matches, including their recent victory against Copenhagen.

Interestingly, Varane was excluded from the squad for the home win against Brentford at the start of October, and he came off the bench late in last week’s victory against Sheffield United.

When questioned about Varane’s absence from the first team in the derby, Ten Hag simply stated, “Tactics.” When pressed further and asked if the experience of Jonny Evans and Victor Lindelof in the fixture influenced the decision, he replied, “Yeah, but that’s not the argument to make the selection, as I said, it’s just tactics. That’s the answer.”

As for what’s next, Manchester United’s upcoming game is against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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