Solskjaer explains Raphael Varane's first-half substitution 

Solskjaer explains Raphael Varane's first-half substitution 

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Raphael Varane left the pitch early after he felt pain in his hamstring and he could not take any risks.

Varane returned to United starting XI after being on the sidelines for three weeks with a thigh problem. However, he was forced to leave the pitch after just 38 minutes as he went down off the ball and his place was taken by Mason Greenwood, forcing Solskjaer to revert to back four system instead of three. 

"He felt his hamstring. So of course you can’t take any risks, unfortunately," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"Rafa has been such a calming influence when he’s on the pitch. We lost him but that’s football."

The Red Devils found themselves trailing after just 12 minutes thanks to Josip Ilicic's but Cristiano Ronaldo leveled the scores seconds to halftime. Duvan Zapata restored La Dea's lead by beating the offside trap and firing past De Gea and Ronaldo once again rose to the occasion, securing a point for Solskjaer's men at death. 

First Assessment

"First look at it, he felt his hamstring as he ran there," he added. 

"He didn't want to risk anything. The first assessment doesn't look good. Fingers crossed."

United now will put their focus on the Premier League as they welcome rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday in Manchester Derby. 

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