Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick provided the team news ahead of his side’s clash away trip to Brighton
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Brighton game tomorrow, as quoted by the club’s official website, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick provided the team news and gave injury updates on his players.
United have finished playing all their games at home, and are now set to end the season by travelling to face Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow and then clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park later on in the month.
Rangnick had positive news to give on his captain Harry Maguire, saying that the defender was back in training and had trained the whole week. The interim boss confirmed the player’s availability for tomorrow’s match, although he did not reveal whether the Englishman would start the game.
“Harry is back in training. He trained the whole week, since the day after or the second day after the Brentford game, he resumed for training. So, he will be available for tomorrow and be part of the group.”
The 29-year-old has missed the team’s past couple of games, last turning up for the club in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Since then, the Manchester side has lost once, drawn once, and won their final home game of the campaign.
“We have a question mark behind Eric Bailly”
Rangnick also revealed that striker Edinson Cavani had continued to train after making a return from injury against Brentford last week, but had bad news to give on Marcus Rashford. The academy graduate is suffering from bronchitis and is therefore ruled out of the Brighton fixture.
The former RB Leipzig manager had an update about Eric Bailly to give as well, saying that there was a question mark regarding the Ivorian’s availability after pulling up with some back problems. Rangnick confirmed that the player is being checked and they would have to see if he is able to train.
“We have a question mark behind Eric Bailly, he called the doctor this morning and had some back problems – problems with his back – and he’s being checked right now. We’ll have to see if he will be able to train afterwards.”
Maguire’s availability is certainly a boost for the team, having another option to rely on at the back as they continue to push for a spot in Europe in the remaining weeks of the season. The club currently sit in sixth place, five points away from the fourth spot and having played two matches more than the sides above them.
However, it remains to be seen whether Rangnick will disturb the momentum and drop Varane and Lindelof, given how good they have been in recent weeks. The duo put in an admirable performance against Chelsea and kept a clean sheet against Brentford, looking comfortable together at the back.
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United are still without players who have suffered long-term knocks, as Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, and Jadon Sancho are set to be unavailable for the trip to the Amex Stadium. Rashford and Bailly look to be joining this list on the sidelines, although the latter could still be passed fit before the game tomorrow.
Brighton are also coming into the fixture, having won their previous match against Wolves. The last time the Red Devils faced off against the Seagulls, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo were on hand to provide a 2-0 win, and more will be expected from the duo again.