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Manchester United defender Raphael Varane fit for Tottenham clash

Central defender Varane is back in training after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Raphael Varane has returned from a positive Covid-19 test (Mike Egerton/PA)

Raphael Varane has returned from a positive Covid-19 test (Mike Egerton/PA)

Raphael Varane has returned from a positive Covid-19 test (Mike Egerton/PA)

Raphael Varane has declared himself fit for Manchester United’s crunch clash with Tottenham.

Ralf Rangnick’s side need a win against their top-four rivals on Saturday evening as the Red Devils looks to bounce back from last weekend’s chastening 4-1 loss at Manchester City.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani missed the Etihad Stadium encounter through injury, while Luke Shaw and Varane sat out the game after testing positive for Covid-19.

Central defender Varane is back in training ahead of the Spurs match and looking forward to the clash.

“Yeah, I’m OK,” Varane told club media on Thursday. “I’m training normally. I feel better and I’m ready to help the team and to look forward.

“It was a very good game (when we won 3-0 at Tottenham in October). I think we played very well and we respected the plan of the game. I think we were very, very solid and the result was a great result.”

That proved to be Nuno Espirito Santo’s final match as Spurs boss, with Antonio Conte swiftly brought in as his replacement.

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Raphael Varane is looking forward to facing Harry Kane again (Nick Potts/PA)

Raphael Varane is looking forward to facing Harry Kane again (Nick Potts/PA)

Raphael Varane is looking forward to facing Harry Kane again (Nick Potts/PA)

Tottenham have had some ups and downs under the Italian but head to Old Trafford buoyed by a 5-0 shellacking of Everton on Monday, when star man Harry Kane struck twice.

“He’s in good form,” Varane said. “He’s a very good player. I like to be playing against the best players in the world and in the Premier League there is a lot of very good strikers.

“Every game is a challenge and we have to be ready for this. Against this kind of player you have to be ready and focused in every moment.

“We can’t leave a lot of space because they are very good. We have to be ready.”

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