“NO ONE”: Man Utd fans were shocked to discover the SPECIAL strategy that Ten Hag applied in the match against Bayern, especially when Varane reappeared! ⚽🤯.TS.THANHHDUNG

ERIK TEN HAG made a tactical decision last night that appeared to contradict his reason for previously dropping Raphael Varane.

The French defender was handed his first start in seven weeks as Manchester United took on Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Man Utd fans spot bizarre tactics from Ten Hag against Bayern that contradict his reasons for dropping Varane | The Sun

Raphael Varane played as the left-sided centre-back

Jonny Evans was the right-sided centre-half despite Erik ten Hag's previous reasoning

Jonny Evans was the right-sided centre-half despite Erik ten Hag’s previous reasoning

Varane, 30, returned to action for Ten Hag last night

Varane, 30, returned to action for Ten Hag last night

Ten Hag, 53, has leaned heavily on Harry Maguire during this period, with the England ace winning Premier League Player of the Month for November.

Maguire has often been partnered by former Leicester team-mate Jonny Evans at times, with Varane left on the bench.

Evans’ versatility as a left-sided center defense gave the Man Utd manager the impression that he was superior than Varane in the hierarchy.

Varane and Maguire were back in the starting lineup last night.

But Evans took over for Maguire as the player was forced off after 40 minutes due to an injury.

Evans was supposed to have been selected ahead of Varane because of his left-sided game, but last night, Varane was the one who played on the left, while Evans played on the right.

Varane's reintroduction to United XI - The Athletic


M. United - Bayern Múnich: Manchester United drop out of the Champions League after home defeat to Bayern Munich - Champions League

This left fans confused, with one writing: “Baffles me.”

A second claimed: “No one knows anymore.”

And a third tweeted: “It’s almost like that was rubbish and he’d had a falling out with Varane.”

Ahead of the game, Ten Hag explained his decision.

The Dutchman said of Varane: “He’s very experienced.

“Especially against Bayern we need to defend very strongly and, as we know he’s a very good defender.”

Varane, 30, has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season.

He hasn’t started a Premier League game since September.

While his last start in any competition had come in the 4-3 defeat at Copenhagen last month.

Man Utd lost 1-0 to Bayern last night via Kingsley Coman’s 71st minute strike.

The result saw the Red Devils crash out of Europe entirely, finishing bottom of the group behind Bayern, Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

Reflecting on his side’s European campaign, Ten Hag said: “I don’t look with regret.

“We want to be in the Champions League, the target was always to qualify for the knock-outs, but we have to learn from it, and accept we played some good football.

“Rasmus Hojlund scored five times, we had some very good performances, and we have to take that into the Premier League.

“We want to be back in the Champions League again and so we have to qualify again.”

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