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Ralf Rangnick confirms Man Utd duo will miss Brighton clash

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed a couple of absentees for Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Red Devils have been in a dismal run of form since the winter break. They suffered a shock FA Cup fourth round exit to Middlesbrough at the start of the month.

The club have since dropped four points in the league with 1-1 draws against Burnley and Southampton. It could be another tricky game against Brighton tomorrow.

The Seagulls have lost just four out of their 23 league games this term, and they should provide another tough test for the Red Devils in their bid to finish in the top four.

Ahead of the game, United have been handed a big boost with midfielder Fred available for selection following a bout of coronavirus that saw him miss the last two league matches.

However, there are still some injury concerns to deal with. Edinson Cavani has not recovered from a groin problem and is set to miss out alongside Nemanja Matic, who is nursing a shin injury.

Eric Bailly is the other expected absentee as he recovers from a swollen ankle suffered on international duty, while Mason Greenwood has been suspended for an indefinite period.

Rangnick told Manutd.com: “Fred will be available again. He’ll also be part of the group for tomorrow. Edinson is still out, the same with Nema.

“The rest is, well, Alex [Telles] is back again in the squad and already was part of the group for the Southampton game and he will also be available.”

Rangnick could contemplate some changes with the short turnaround time. Victor Lindelof could come in for either Raphael Varane or Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence.

Telles has had a couple of training sessions under his belt following his recent absence due to coronavirus. The Brazil international could get the nod over Luke Shaw in the left-back position.

In midfield, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have started the last three games together. The latter has just returned from a long-term thigh injury, and Rangnick may look to be cautious.

Fred may not start from the off after his recent Covid setback. The £19.8 million ace could be involved in the latter half of the game, replacing Pogba. Elsewhere, we fancy a possible change in attack.

Ronaldo looks set to lead the line with Cavani out injured. Marcus Rashford could be the player making way despite his assist on Saturday. He did not contribute much after the cross for Jadon Sancho’s goal.

Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard are among the wide attacking options on the bench.

Elanga could be handed a start, having become a regular in the squad since Rangnick took interim charge in December.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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