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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed three crucial players are in line to return against Aston Villa on Saturday. The Red Devils travel to Villa Park looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League but missed big names in Monday’s FA Cup clash.
United defeated Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford to progress to the fourth round, despite Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s absences.
Scott McTominay’s early header was the game’s only goal as Rangnick’s side downed Steven Gerrard’s dangerous visitors.
There were fears Maguire, Sancho, and Ronaldo could miss Saturday’s crunch clash against the Villans, with significant ground to make up in the race for the top four.
But Rangnick has eased fears in his pre-match press conference and is confident all three stars will be available.
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Ahead of the trip to the Midlands, he confirmed the trio are likely to feature in what Monday’s showdown proved will be a tricky test.
He told reporters: “I think they [Ronaldo, Sancho and Maguire] will be available.
“They only trained yesterday for the first time – Cristiano yesterday, Harry the day before. As it seems right now, they should be available for tomorrow.”
The German coach also confirmed that Phil Jones could make his second successive league start after also missing the FA Cup triumph.
Rangnick also admitted that he’s still trying to find the best formation to use for the set of players at his disposal at United.
“We’ve taken a few steps but not as quickly as I would have hoped and wanted it to be,” Rangnick added.
“I was fully aware this couldn’t happen overnight. It’s a work in progress. We have shown we have conceded fewer goals, but still, it is about controlling the game.
“Obviously, we have taken a few steps, but things can still get better to find the best formation. If you want to control or dominate games, you can do it in two ways.
“One, how you play when the other team is in possession and not being weak on the counter-attack. The other is to gain control when you are in possession of the ball.
“As coaches, you are never patient! You always want to develop faster. It is all about the results of each game, and that is true tomorrow.
“As I said, in the first instance, it was about getting results, points. We were all distracted by the defeat to Wolves. It is now about getting results and getting as many points as we can.
“It is about balance. How offensive can we play without conceding too many goals?”
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