Footage: What Vlasic did to Varane in 2018 ahead of West Ham vs Manchester United
Tomorrow, West Ham welcome Manchester United to the London Stadium, where the Irons are on a high after their 2-0 Europa League win.
If he does appear against the Red Devils, he should face Raphael Varane, who was rested on the bench against Young Boys on Tuesday.
If this is the case, David Moyes will hope Vlasic can do what he did last time he faced the towering Frenchman.
Nikola Vlasic embarrassed Raphael Varane
The pair last met in October 2018, when CSKA Moscow recorded a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
It was Vlasic who scored the game’s only goal, netting in the 2nd minute past a helpless Varane – that wasn’t all he did in the impressive win.
The Croatian was also named Man of the Match by WhoScored, after completing two key passes and two dribbles to go with his goal.
You can see footage of his strike below.
varane bro what happened??? pic.twitter.com/z6WKdx6Jti— sxhxvz (@THlERRYNEVERS) August 31, 2021
Vlasic also put in quite the shift from a defensive aspect, recording three tackles, two interceptions and one clearance.
Will West Ham start Nikola Vlasic?
It will be interesting to see if Moyes starts Vlasic again.
The Scot handed his marquee signing a first start against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, but left Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen on the bench.
Of course, Moyes must rotate his squad with Europa League football on the fixture list, so perhaps he will rest Vlasic.
Having said that, after seeing how much trouble he caused Varane last time the pair met, perhaps Moyes will be tempted to see if he can do it again.