Early Manchester United team news with Marcus Rashford ruled out

Manchester United travel to Brighton for the penultimate match of our 2021/22 season.

The Red Devils will take on a decent Brighton side, managed by Graham Potter, before a break until our last outing of the season – away to Crystal Palace on 22 May.

Following the 3-0 win over Brentford earlier this week, there should be a positive mood going into this one, especially after it looked like the players enjoyed themselves for once at Old Trafford this term.

That said, Eric Bailly is a doubt for the weekend and Marcus Rashford has been ruled out due to illness.

“Harry is back in training,” Rangnick told reporters at Carrington this afternoon (via ManUtd.com). “He trained the whole week, since the day after or the second day after the Brentford game, he resumed for training. So, he will be available for tomorrow and be part of the group.

“Edinson [Cavani] is in training, obviously he came on as a sub. Marcus Rashford will be missing, he has caught bronchitis with high temperatures so he won’t be able to be part of the group.

“We have a question mark behind Eric Bailly, he called the doctor this morning and had some back problems – problems with his back – and he’s being checked right now. We’ll have to see if he will be able to train afterwards.”

Bailly has hardly featured this season and was overlooked for Phil Jones in a recent trip to Anfield. It’s unlikely that Rangnick would start him against Brighton when Harry Maguire could return to the squad.

Hopefully Rashford recovers soon and plays against Palace.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw looks set to miss the rest of the season, with Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba also unlikely to be back in time for the last game at Selhurst Park.

United fans waved a final goodbye to Juan Mata at Old Trafford on Monday night, along with Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic, with all three players leaving the club when their contracts expire in the summer. It remains to be seen if able of them will feature in the final two away games.

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