Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick faces a selection headache against Norwich City on Saturday after five players were ruled out due to injury.
The Red Devils had a number of players missing with injury for last week’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to relegation strugglers Everton. Tomorrow we take on another side in the dog fight at the bottom of the table and we shouldn’t take them for granted.
Fred is out after being forced off in the first-half against the Toffees. The Brazilian has been unable to recover in time to take on the Canaries.
There are fears Luke Shaw could miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his leg last week to have metal bolts removed from his leg following his horrific injury in 2015.
On top of that, Scott McTominay and Raphael Varane are still out.
“Five players will still be missing for tomorrow, some of them probably also for the upcoming games,” Rangnick told reporters at his press conference, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“Fred and Scott, Raphael Varane will still be missing out, Luke Shaw had his bolts removed from his leg and Edinson Cavani, those are the five that will still be missing.
“As it seems, [Shaw] will be out for at least another four or five weeks, I think for him it will be difficult for him to be available for the remaining seven games.”
This could see Rangnick call up a few players from the academy, especially for his bench.
The younger lads couldn’t play any worse than the team that slogged through the game at Goodison Park just last week.
Paul Pogba was ineffective when he came off the bench to replace Fred, but it would be a big statement if Rangnick decides to bench him again now that Fred and McTominay have been ruled out.
Rangnick may use a different formation to what we have seen in recent weeks.