Rangnick comments on Manchester United injury problems, aims dig at Cavani

Manchester United could be lacking firepower when the team take on Liverpool tonight.

Owing to Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal circumstances, he understandably may not be involved.

Beyond that, United’s once proliferation of strike options are threadbare.

It is a far cry from a few months ago, as Ralf Rangnick was keen to point out in his pre-match press conference.

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‘Continuously injured’

Rangnick told the press conference he realized, that with hindsight, United had been both unlucky and made a misjudgement which nobody saw coming.

Anthony Martial was sent on loan, and probably would not have been if anybody foresaw the Mason Greenwood situation coming. He is no longer training with the club.

But the Edinson Cavani situation, well that has been a bit of a joke quite frankly.

Rangnick did not name him in his comments, but it was crystal clear the interim boss was referring to the Uruguayan striker.

He told the club website: “Bearing in mind what kind of offensive players we had available against West Ham. Which substitutions I could make in the last 15 minutes. Three of them are no longer here or injured, continuously injured.”

Cavani started just one game since the transfer window closed.

He arrived late back from international duty and missed the FA Cup defeat, started once against Burnley, and that was it.

A couple of late substitute appearances came in mid-March, before he picked up another injury on international duty.

Cavani is not available for selection tonight and it is doubtful whether he will be ready for the weekend either.

Rangnick’s choice of words express an element of frustration with the striker, who he hoped to rely on in the second half of the season.

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Injuries problematic

Rangnick feels that United have a few too many injury problems for his liking. He says he would like the club to assess why this is the case.

Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Fred, and Scott McTominay are also ruled out tonight.

He said: “We lost other players. Right now we have a few injuries to important players who would normally be in the starting 11. Again, this is no excuse no alibi. This is also an issue that worries me a little bit, the number of injuries that we currently have.

“If I compare to Liverpool, even though they are still competing in four competitions, I think they have no injury problems at all. We only play in the Premier League and we have five, six players injured. This is also an issue that needs to be taken care of for the future. To analyse why is that the case, why does that happen?”

Rangnick is clearly intent on shining a light on all areas of the football club which need an overhaul, and he is right to look to the medical staff too. While some injuries are just bad luck, Liverpool themselves had a lot last season, some can be prevented.

In Cavani’s case, he is set to leave when his contract expires, and then he can be somebody else’s problem.

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