Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that he will be without four first-team stars for Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off at Everton.
The Red Devils played out a frustrating 1-1 draw against Leicester City last weekend. They were without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was ruled out with an illness.
While Ronaldo is now fit to return, Rangnick has revealed fresh concerns. Edinson Cavani is still sidelined after the calf injury sustained on international duty.
Elsewhere, left-back Luke Shaw will be out of action for two or three weeks. He will have two metal bolts removed from his leg operation on a double fracture six years ago.
Aside from the duo, centre-back Raphael Varane has suffered a fresh unknown injury. Scott McTominay has also been ruled out of the encounter with foot sole issue.
He told Manchester Evening News: “Cristiano is back again. Luke is still injured, we had to take him off at half-time (against Leicester), he’s had his problems with his leg where he had the operation in 2015.”
“The doctor told me they decided to remove two metal bolts in his leg and this will happen tomorrow and he will be out for the next two or three weeks.
“Cavani is still injured, Raphael Varane is still injured and will be missing out again tomorrow and the same is true for Scott McTominay, he’s having problems with the sole of his foot.”
United have had injury troubles over the course of the Premier League campaign. This has meant that there has been a lack of cohesion. The same could be the case against the Toffees.
With Varane sidelined, Victor Lindelof could partner Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence. Alex Telles is an automatic replacement for Luke Shaw while Nemanja Matic may come in for Scott McTominay.
The loss of Cavani may not be overly felt, considering the Uruguayan has barely played this year amid regular niggles. Ronaldo will be key tomorrow as United look to strengthen their top-four ambitions.
On paper, they have a better team than relegation-threatened Everton, but they have won just one of the previous league meetings. The Toffees have won one in this period with the rest ending in draws.
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