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Man United suffer Raphael Varane setback as clocks ticks ahead of Leeds opener

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Leeds United’s opening Premier League opponents and fierce rivals, Manchester United, have suffered a setback as they look to complete the signing of Raphael Varane.

Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer had hoped that the 28-year-old would have arrived in the country on Monday, where he would need to quarantine before heading to the club’s training ground to complete his medical and sign his new contract, making the £43m transfer official.

However – as reported by the Telegraph – there has been a reported hold up with his visa, meaning that he still hasn’t been able to get on a plane to Manchester.

Keeping in mind the fact that he still needs to quarantine for a short period of time before being able to complete his transfer, it seems that he will be facing a race against time if he is to feature in the fixture against Leeds.

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Of course, Solskjaer may choose to throw him into the starting XI regardless but this would be without him even playing a single minute of a pre-season friendly with his new teammates, barring a miraculous speeding up of the process which allows him to feature against Everton this weekend.

In fact, if Varane does miss the Everton game, not only will he have not featured in pre-season for Manchester United but he won’t have featured in any pre-season game at all. The last time he played a match was in France’s penalty shoot-out loss to Switzerland in the last 16 of the Euros.

The Frenchman did train briefly with Real Madrid before the Manchester United deal was announced but he will be lacking in match fitness with the start of the season just eleven days away.

Solskjaer will have a big decision on his hands regarding whether he wants to risk his new signing’s sharpness against Leeds. Although the Red Devils came out comfortable winners at Old Trafford last season, Leeds were one of the most dangerous attacking sides in the division and it could be a risk which blows up in the Norwegian’s face.

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