Manchester United won’t have to travel too far for their away fixture today as the side take on their next-door neighbours in the Manchester derby.
However, with Ralf Rangnick’s side still challenging for a top-four spot, the latest injury update will be a huge boost for the team.
The Manchester United boss was asked in his pre-match press conference with club media, about the potential of Edinson Cavani returning for the first team in the derby game.
Rangick told the press;
“I don’t think he could play for more than, I don’t know, half an hour.”
“He’s ready for that, for coming on as a sub but I don’t think he can be in contention to start that game.”
The German coach will be thrilled to have the experienced striker back available in the side, even if he is only available to make an impact as a substitution in the game. It definitely gives Manchester United a huge boost in their central attacking options if it isn’t working out against the league Champions in the first half of the clash.
Last season, Cavani made a huge difference in the team and was often used as an impact substitution netting 17 goals in 39 appearances for the club, however this season with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo and a season full of injuries so far that has seen him sidelined for 19 games already, his impact has not been even at a fraction of the rate he was on in the previous campaign.
Despite injuries and quality competition for his spot in the starting line up, Cavani is an inevitable goal-scorer with a strike every 153 minutes played for Manchester United, so having the Uruguayan fit and available gives the Red Devils a trick up their sleeves if they find themselves struggling against Pep Guardiola’s side today.
A victory for Rangnick’s team today would keep them safe inside the top four, but Arsenal could leapfrog Manchester United earlier in the day if they beat Watford pushing them out of a Champions League spot before they kick-off.
Thus, the interim coach will be hoping that his side can focus on the task at hand and not succumb to the pressures of the derby.
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