Rangnick offers fitness update ahead of West Ham clash

Ralf Rangnick has conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash with West Ham.

Rangnick faced the media at the briefing which was streamed on United’s official app at 1.30pm and was asked for a fitness update.

The German said that Luke Shaw is injured and will remain out, and as per the club’s official website, he confirmed that means Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot will play against the Hammers.

Victor Lindelof will also not play after a break-in at his house, and the situation is not clear on Jadon Sancho, who missed the Brentford game and Thursday’s session after a funeral, but will train today.

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“Jadon didn’t train because he still asked to be able to not train,” said Rangnick.

“He attended the [family] funeral on Wednesday. It’s still affected him quite a lot. He’s expected back today at three o’clock. Right now, I’m not sure if he will be available because it was an important member of the family, someone he was close to all his life.

“We’ve got to wait and see and speak after training. [Lindelof] right now feels he does not want to leave his wife and children on their own. I understand that and we have agreed that he will not be on duty tomorrow.

“[Dalot and Telles] get more gametime because Luke Shaw is injured and Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] is still ill.”

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Shaw’s lack of involvement at Brentford was not formally explained but the fact he was not in the squad indicated an injury and so it proved.

That gives Telles and Dalot another chance to establish themselves, and the former has earned himself a recall to the Brazil squad.

With Lindelof out as well, it seems likely that Harry Maguire will get a start at the heart of defence, alongside Raphael Varane and presumably reclaiming the captain’s armband.

It remains to be seen whether Scott McTominay is fit to make it, after he was replaced late on at Brentford, but the early prognosis was good from Rangnick after the game.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.