Manchester United’s manager Erik Ten Hag recently discussed the team’s defensive lineup in a press conference. The Dutch coach addressed the limited playing time for Varane, saying “With Varane, I have no problems at all. I chose this defense for tactical reasons. Last year Varane played and Maguire was on the bench, but now Harry is playing very well and it’s normal to have internal competition.”
Ten Hag explained that he does not have any issues with Varane and that the decision to play Maguire over him is purely tactical. He also pointed out the healthy competition within the team.
The manager’s comments shed light on the internal dynamics within the Manchester United defense and provide insight into the strategic considerations behind his lineup choices.