Ralf Rangnick confirms huge boost to Manchester United squad for Newcastle trip
Manchester United squad heavily reinforced
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick can be thankful this Christmas after the Red Devils manager confirmed that the first-team squad at Old Trafford has received a huge boost in fitness ahead of a trip to Tyneside on the 27th.
As referenced by injury analyst Ben Dinnery, the German tactician was in good spirits after training throughout the week has ended with 25-players that will be available to him against Newcastle at St. James’ Park as of now;
“We trained on Tuesday, Wednesday, and today, and we have 25 field players. Paul Pogba [was] the only one missing out, everyone else is on board. The development of the last week is extremely positive.”
As a result, a cadre of key players in the United squad looks primed for their return to action, including summer signing Raphäel Varane.
That could mean a return for:
Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Victor Lindelof, who was replaced due to breathing difficulties last time out.
Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic have also missed recent games through illness. #MUFC https://t.co/Igmui5wbmV
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 23, 2021
“From what I saw today in training, I can say most of them, if not all, might be available [for Newcastle] although I might have to make some different decisions who will be in the squad and the starting XI.”
Red Devils close in on top four
The return of perhaps the entire Manchester United squad to fitness comes at the perfect moment for Ralf Rangnick as he looks to keep the Red Devils pushing up the table in the wake of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s departure.
Now just one point adrift of fifth-placed West Ham, United also has an outside chance at climbing back into the top four courtesy of the two matches in hand they have over Mikel Arteta’s youthful Arsenal outfit with the rivals being separated by just five points.
Circumstances have certainly changed since before Rangnick took charge, while many felt as though United would struggle to remain competitive this season under their former Norwegian manager, but interim boss Michael Carrick laid a solid framework that Rangnick has done well to continue since his arrival from Lokomotiv Moscow.
Rangnick could go one step further during the January transfer window as well after United has been linked with River Plate’s Argentina international forward Julián Álvarez who has been in superb form this term for Los Millonarios, bagging 18-goals and notching 7-assists in just 21-appearances in the Argentine top flight.
Adding firepower into the Manchester United ranks both now and in the long term given Álvarez’s age profile (21) is exactly the sort of move that Rangnick is known for and would suggest his stay at United will be more than temporary should season goals be achieved in 2021-22.