Ralf Rangnick gives latest injury news on Manchester United for the Crystal Palace clash
Ralf Rangnick has provided the latest injury news on the Manchester United squad as they prepare to face off against Crystal Palace this Sunday. The final game of this season will take place at Selhurst Park, where the visitors would look to end the campaign on a high after enduring a forgettable term so far.
Paul Pogba has already been ruled out of contention as he remains on the stands with an injury. Marcus Rashford‘s availability is uncertain as he is only recovering from an illness in the build-up to the Premier League fixture. Luke Shaw has returned to training, but he might only make the bench as he will not train tomorrow due to family reasons.
“He [Shaw] was supposed to be training tomorrow. But apparently, he isn’t. So we have to wait and see if he would at least be available for the bench on Sunday.”
Rangnick has revealed in his pre-match presser (h/t Manchester United official website) that Phil Jones and Jadon Sancho are also doubtful for the match against Palace. The latter duo was forced to return early from training after picking up unknown issues, although Sancho has been recovering from an illness of his name during this period.
“In two days’ training, we had at least one or two players leaving the training session a little earlier because they couldn’t finish the session because they had problems. That was Jadon and Phil Jones, so we need to wait until after the session tomorrow.”
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Finally, in a damning piece of news for the Man United supporters, the boss has conveyed that Alejandro Garnacho could miss out on the last fixture of this campaign. The fans would have been eager to see Garnacho on the pitch after his Youth Cup final display, but they could be in line for a disappointment in that regard.
“Unfortunately, Alejandro was ill in the last couple of days. He might well be in the squad but I’m not sure if he’s physically, after this illness, capable and fit enough to play.”
The defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion has seriously dampened the optimism within the fanbase, although the Eagles’ recent 3-2 defeat to Everton would certainly be a boost. Moreover, the Red Devils’ squad would be well-rested, unlike the case with Patrick Vieira’s side, which adds to the reasons that could be advantageous to us.
Pogba is set to leave us this summer, so his availability would not have made any significant impact as we need to prepare for life past him anyway. Perhaps it is for the best that Rashford would miss the final match looking at the disappointing campaign he has endured so far.
Shaw would be missed, however, as Alex Telles simply has not performed to the level people were expecting following Rangnick’s arrival. Jones is unlikely to play anyway, with options like Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane being ahead of him in the pecking order.
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Sancho leaving early from training may suggest that he has not fully recovered from his illness which caused him to stop the session. His absence could be problematic as we are quite short in terms of options in the wide areas, with Rashford also being a doubt.
Garnacho’s situation adds to those attacking woes, which means that the German manager could face a challenge when setting up his attack. Let’s hope that the players would show a strong reaction to the loss to Brighton and give the fans something to look forward to with a win on Sunday.