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Ralf Rangnick says all trained apart from Pogba but can’t guarantee all fit to start at Newcastle United

1 month ago
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Ralf Rangnick is set to lead his team into only their third Premier League match.

After a 16 days Covid interval, the new Manchester United manager set to face Newcastle United on Monday night.

Ralf Rangnick appointed on 3 December to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and lucky to get narrow 1-0 wins against Crystal Palace and Norwich, plus a poor 1-1 draw at home to Young Boys in the Champions League.

Since that fortunate 1-0 win over Norwich with a dodgy penalty decision converted by Ronaldo, Covid cases have seen Man Utd postpone their Premier League matches against Brentford and Brighton.

However, today Ralf Rangnick indicated that the Newcastle match will definitely go ahead, as he claims to have gone from only 11 players available a week ago, to now today having had 25 outfield players training as well as the goalkeepers.

The only Man Utd player certain to be missing at St James Park is long-term injured Paul Pogba, although Ralf Rangnick was honest to admit that whilst all of the squad trained apart from Pogba, he can’t guarantee that every single one of them will be fit enough to be considered to start against Newcastle United.

Ralf Rangnick speaking at his pre-Newcastle United press conference – 23 December 2021:

“As you know, we had last week, the last training session on Thursday, on that day we had eight outfield players and three goalkeepers and then we closed down the training ground for four days in order to break the chain.

“Today was the third day of training this week, we started on Tuesday, we trained yesterday and today.

“Today we had 25 outfield players. Paul Pogba is the only one missing, everyone else was on board.

“The development in the last week was extremely positive.

“Well as far as I could see in training today, they are all in good shape.

“They did their homework, they all have their schedules to train at home and they stuck to that schedule and programme.

“From what I saw, I can say most of them, if not all of them, might be available, and of course I would have to take some difficult decisions as to who will be in the squad, who will be in the starting eleven.”

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