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Manchester United Team News ahead of Watford clash, as Ralf Rangnick faces Elanga headache

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Elanga of Manchester United is congratulated by manager Ralf Rangnick at full-time following the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester United at Wanda Metropolitano on February 23, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Manchester United welcome relegation candidates Watford to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, just three days after their draw versus Atletico Madrid. The reverse fixture in November spelt the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as his side fell to a 4-1 defeat.

Manchester United suffered ignominious 4-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road, which led to dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.(Getty Images)

However, The Hornets have only got worse since, with just only one win since the victory over Manchester United which has led to the appointment of Roy Hodgson to steady the sinking ship so anything less than a victory could also be a disaster for Ralf Rangnick, however, United do head into this game unbeaten in five matches.

United come into the game off the back of that draw in Madrid but before that, Rangnick’s side registered successive Premier League victories over Leeds United and Brighton, and will be looking to make it three on the spin in top flight come Saturday.

Scott McTominay(illness) and Edinson Cavani(groin) will once miss out on the starting Lineup at Old Trafford.

“The situation is exactly the same,” Rangnick stated.

“[Cavani] hasn’t been training with us so he won’t be available for tomorrow’s game and the same is true with Scotty.

“He is still ill, he hasn’t been training with us, so hopefully he will start training with us again next week, but for tomorrow’s game they will both be unavailable.” Mason Greenwood continues to be unavailable for selection.

The biggest decision Ralf Ragnick has to make is whether to start Marcus Rashford whom has struggled for form in recent weeks or Elanga whose strike salvaged a draw for his side at Metropolitan Stadium on Wednesday.

After the match against Athletico, Manchester United Coach Ralf Ragnick was full of praise for his talented young star.

“He is playing as though it is a dream come true, it is a joy and fun to watch him play, I wish a few other players would take him as an example and as a role model,”

But, it’s nowhere to be seen whether the successive strikes against Leeds and Athletico Madrid are enough to earn the 19-year-old starting shirt against Watford or still take his place on the bench.

Arguably with both sides desperate in need of three points to achieve the goals they want this season, this upcoming match will most likely be nervy.

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