Manchester United handed massive fitness boost ahead of Tottenham clash

Manchester United need a result

The next three Manchester United fixtures are, quite literally, make or break for current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After overseeing one of the most humiliating defeats of the Premier League era last Sunday, 5-0 at home at the hands of Liverpool, his future is in doubt.

As per Jason Burt, of The Telegraph, Solskjaer has three games to save his job, namely the Premier League ties against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, and the Champions League tie against Bergamo outfit Atalanta.

They are the most important games of his coaching career.

Raphael Varane pictured back in training

Ahead of the must-win game for the Red Devils, they have been handed a massive boost on the injury front. This comes as Raphael Varane was spotted in first team training, having not played since the last international break.

The centre-back limped out of France’s Nations League campaign with a hamstring problem, and has been sidelined since. However, in the photos released by the club this afternoon, the summer addition is clearly visible training with the rest of the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already come under fire for rushing Harry Maguire back from injury, with the defender arguably at fault for over half of the goals that the club have conceded since his return against Leicester City.

Given the magnitude of the game for his own future however, it would not be at all surprising to see the United boss do the same with Raphael Varane, who offers some much needed calm at the back of Manchester United’s side.

Would he be enough to get them a positive result on Saturday evening?

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3

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