Manchester united boss Ralf Rangnick has, on Monday, provided an insight into some of the more eye-catching personnel calls in his latest matchday squad.
Ralf Rangnick’s men are of course currently locked in action in Manchester.
On the back of a return to winning ways in a 3-1 triumph over Burnley in midweek, the Red Devils have welcomed Bruno Lage’s Wolves to Old Trafford, for a Premier League clash.
The matchup marks a crucial one for United, amid the club’s efforts to secure a top-4 berth.
As things stand, Rangnick and co. sit in 7th spot in the English top-flight, four points adrift of 4th-placed Arsenal, but boasting a pair of games in hand over Mikel Arteta’s men.
As such, it goes without saying that a 2nd successive three-point haul is very much on the agenda for Monday evening’s hosts.
In turn, it no doubt came as a blow to all associated with the club when, in the buildup to kick-off at Old Trafford, word was forthcoming that Ralf Rangnick would be unable to call on a key member of his fist-choice backline.
The player in question? Harry Maguire.
Upon Manchester United’s starting XI to face Wolves being unveiled, English international Maguire was nowhere to be seen, with the additional absences of both Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly having culminated in a first start for almost two years for forgotten man Phil Jones:
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Speaking ahead of the action getting underway in Manchester, Ralf Rangnick was therefore inevitably drawn on Maguire’s whereabouts.
And the interim Red Devils boss went on to reveal that his captain was ruled out of this evening’s action owing to a chest problem picked up against Burnley last week:
‘Harry had that knock on his chest against Burnley, we thought he would be good but yesterday it was impossible, he had too much pain when he was standing around and sitting, it was clear it was impossible to play.’
When pressed on his decision to entrust Cristiano Ronaldo with the captain’s armband for the evening, rather than long-time United servant David de Gea, meanwhile, Rangnick added:
‘The question was is it David or him, these are the players who have been playing for the longest period of time and I wanted a field player as captain which is why I chose Cristiano.’
Why Phil Jones is starting for Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo captaincy explained #mufc https://t.co/UIQ671OF2g
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