Man Utd boss expects attacking pair to be available to face Tottenham

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that he expects Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani to available to face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow evening.

Ronaldo had not been training with the rest of the first-team earlier this week due to a recurrence of a hip flexor problem and decided to return to Portugal to continue his rehabilitation which saw him miss the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City (Mirror).

Cavani has missed United’s last six matches in all competitions due to a groin issue but has been seen training with his team-mates at Carrington on Thursday alongside Ronaldo (Manchester United official).

Left-back Luke Shaw is still unavailable as he is still testing positive for Covid-19, while Scott McTominay is a doubt with a calf problem and may not be risked ahead of United’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Former Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane is also in contention for selection following injury (Manchester Evening News).

Ragnick told the MEN: “Luke Shaw will miss out. Until yesterday, still testing positive for Covid. Scotty is a question mark, problems with his calf. Right now it’s more likely he will not be available because if we risk him tomorrow he might be out for the game on Tuesday (against Atletico Madrid). I tend to be careful if it’s a muscular injury.”

When asked about Ronaldo, he added: “He resumed for training yesterday. He trained the whole training session and I expect him to train today. I would’ve thought he was available tomorrow.

“I haven’t asked him if he’s happy at Manchester at this club. He’s fit again, resumed training yesterday and we shall see which formation we will line up with tomorrow.

“It doesn’t make sense to look back on what happened the last six or seven days, what is important is what happens tomorrow. Not to go through all this. He and Edi [Cavani] are both available for tomorrow.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Tottenham need to be wary of not only Ronaldo, but also Cavani who helped to dismantle them earlier in the season during the 3-0 defeat in north London which proved to be Nuno Espirito Santo’s last game in charge.

Conte’s men simply have to be at the top of their game and show their desire to want to finish in the top four, nothing less than three points will do.

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