Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick gave an update on his squad options ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 clash with Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford.
The German spoke about the important role United fans will play on the night when they need a straightforward win to reach the quarter-finals.
It’s never straightforward though, is it?
Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes have all returned from injury so at least Rangnick has more options than he had on Saturday. United still went on to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 and the same result would be welcome tomorrow night.
There is still some doubt around left-back Shaw’s involvement, with Rangnick waiting to see if he comes through some light training tomorrow morning without any niggles.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon, Rangnick told reporters (via ManUtd.com): “As it is right now, we have all the players available for the game tomorrow. There is a small question mark behind Luke Shaw.
“He has been training yesterday and today but we have to wait to see if he is fully fit to be available for the game.
“All the other players are back in training and ready for tomorrow.”
On Fernandes, Rangnick added: “He tested negative [for Covid-19] yesterday and that’s the reason why he could train today.”
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have announced their 23-man squad for the game, which includes three doubts including Jose Gimenez at centre-back.
Both managers have big decisions to make!
Does Fernandes start?
Of course he starts!
Hopefully he will be fresh after missing Saturday’s game, but there is no way United line-up without Fernandes tomorrow night.
One would hope so given how quiet Paul Pogba was in the win over Tottenham.