Man United, under the guidance of Ralf Rangnick, will welcome back two key players for their match against Manchester City.
Despite the fact that Edinson Cavani is expected to be fit for Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that the Uruguayan will not be available to start the game.
After missing the last four games due to a groin problem that has plagued him all season, the striker, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, has returned to the club. In the 1-1 draw with Burnley on February 8, he was given a surprise start, and he hasn’t played since.
With his training efforts having increased this week, the Uruguayan is expected to be included in the squad for the trip across town to face Pep Guardiola’s table-topping Manchester City, as Rangnick confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Cavani, on the other hand, is not expected to be thrown back into the starting lineup immediately.
Rangnick has confirmed that it is likely too soon for him to be considered for a starting position, but he could come off the bench, most likely during the second half of the contest.
In an interview with the club’s website, Rangnick said, “Well, it’s great to have him back.” “However, he has been out for three weeks and we only have one other option in a central attacking position.
“Remembering this is also something we need to do. I don’t think he’ll be able to play for more than, I don’t know, a half-hour at the very most.
In terms of coming on as a sub, he’s prepared for that, but I don’t think he’ll be in contention to start that game.”
A further boost has come in the form of Scotland international Scott McTominay’s return to the squad. United’s last two games have been postponed due to illness for the midfielder.
The Scot, like Cavani, has been training all week in preparation for the derby, adding to Rangnick’s midfield options. Unlike Cavani, he, on the other hand, could be in contention to earn a starting position.
“It was furthered by the German” “It’s critical that he’s available at any given time. All week, he’s been putting in the work.
“Despite the fact that he was only absent for one week, he was extremely ill and had lost a significant amount of weight. I believe he has a chance to make the starting XI, but I will make a final decision on that tomorrow [Saturday] after the final training session of the week.”