Connect with us

Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick confirms Man Utd duo are ‘unavailable’ to face Watford

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay won’t be available for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford.

The Red Devils have won back-to-back Premier League games recently, but they are still facing a tough challenge on their hands to finish in the Champions League spots.

The club are placed fourth in the standings with 46 points but are just one ahead of Arsenal, who have two games in hand over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting against the Hornets, Rangnick has said there is no positive news on the fitness front. Cavani is out with a nagging groin problem.

McTominay was ruled out with a non-Covid illness in midweek. The midfielder has not recovered from the setback and won’t be part of the matchday squad.

He told Manutd.com: “The situation is exactly the same. He [Cavani] hasn’t been training with us, so he won’t be available for tomorrow’s game and the same is true with Scotty.”

“He is still ill, he hasn’t been training with us, so hopefully he will start training with us again next week, but for tomorrow’s game they will both be unavailable.”

The Red Devils were far from their best against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday but were fortunate to secure a 1-1 draw in the end.

Atletico opened the scoring early and could have doubled the lead before the half-time interval. Victor Lindelof nearly scored an own goal from a Paul Pogba clearance.

In the second half, United gained more control of the game with the introduction of Nemanja Matic in midfield. The Serbian was namechecked by Rangnick earlier today.

This could be a probable hint that he could make his first Premier League start in seven games, possibly in the place of Pogba, who had a poor outing against Atletico on the road.

Anthony Elanga should also be knocking on the door for a start, having netted in successive games for United off the bench. The young Swede may replace Marcus Rashford on the right wing.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.