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New shocking Premier League statistic proves Man United star’s prediction correct



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Manchester United defender Raphael Varane was concerned about the fixture schedule in the Premier League ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

The centre-back posted a lengthy message on social media where he labelled the current set-up being at a ‘dangerous level’ for those playing in the league.

Many criticised the defender at the time for the post, however, the Premier League has since seen an enormous amount of injuries this season.

United have been victim of an injury crisis under Erik ten Hag this season but many other top-flight clubs have also been suffering.

ESPN have reported that there have been 196 injuries in the Premier League during the opening 12 game weeks this season.

That number marks a 15 per cent increase compared to the last four seasons.

Games are now regularly over 100 minutes with added time and the four competitions that many top clubs are in have been putting strain on many players.

Varane’s statement earlier this year read: “We had a meeting last week with the FA. They recommended from the referees news decisions and rules.

“From the managers and players, we have shared our concerns for many years now that there are too many games, the schedule is overcrowded, and it’s at a dangerous level for players’ physical and mental well-being.

‘Despite our previous feedbacks, they have now recommended for next season: longer games, more intensity, and less emotions to be shown by players.”

Varane’s ‘less emotion’ point was referencing the clamp down on dissent and time-wasting by officials ahead of the season. Ten Hag will be missing the game against Everton after receiving his third yellow card of the season last time out.

He continued: “We just want to be in good conditions on the pitch to give 100% to our club and fans. Why are our opinions not being heard?

“As a player I feel very privileged to do the job I love every day but I feel these changes are damaging our game.

“We want to be at our maximum level, the best we can be and put on amazing performances for fans to celebrate every week.

“I believe it is important that we, players and managers, highlight these important issues as we want to protect the game we love and give the fans our best.’