The Red Devils’ squad will be stretched to the maximum when the Blues arrive at Old Trafford
Manchester United are facing an end-of-season injury crisis, with Ralf Rangnick confirming that Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Fred are all unavailable for their clash with Chelsea.
United will welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Thursday night as they seek to keep their faint hopes of a top-four finish alive.
Rangnick’s side lost their last two games against Liverpool and Arsenal to drop to sixth in the table, and will be short on a number of key players for the Blues’ visit to Manchester.
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Maguire was an unused substitute in the 3-1 loss to Arsenal last time out, and has now picked up a knock that will keep him out of the Chelsea game.
Sancho has been ruled out due to illness and Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw remain unavailable due to serious injuries. Edinson Cavani, meanwhile, is not due to return to full training until the end of the week.
“We have quite a few players missing tomorrow, quite a few with question marks,” Rangnick told a pre-match press conference. “Aaron Wan-Bissaka can be available. Harry has an issue in his knee. Not in training yesterday or today.
“Paul [Pogba, is out]. Luke Shaw. Jadon is ill – he has had tonsillitis since yesterday, couldn’t train today, not available tomorrow.
“According to the team doctor, Cavani will be back in training on Friday.”
Rangnick also gave an update on Fred’s recovery from the hip issue he suffered in United’s 1-0 loss to Everton on April 9, with the Brazilian not yet fit enough to return.
“Fred is not available. He tried to train yesterday, we had a conversation,” the Red Devils’ interim boss added.
“He’s not fully fit, it doesn’t make sense with a muscular injury to play him early, taking the risk of reinjury.”