Michael Carrick: It is the right time for me to leave Manchester United
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Ralf Rangnick takes to the Manchester United managerial hot seat on Sunday as his side face Crystal Palace in a crunch clash at Old Trafford. All eyes will be on his first team selection as interim boss with concerns being reported on an injury Cristiano Ronaldo picked up during the win over Arsenal.
The Portugal international reportedly picked up a knee injury during his goal celebration in the midweek match, but the Manchester Evening News suggest that Ronaldo will be in contention to face Crystal Palace.
Nemanja Matic and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the two players back after suffering recent short-term injuries at Old Trafford.
Matic picked up a hamstring injury, whilst Wan-Bissaka picked up a hand injury after Calum Hudson-Odoi stood on him in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
United’s recent form under Michael Carrick will likely give the club confidence to attain a win against a side they haven’t beaten at home since 2017.
Having beaten Villarreal and Arsenal with a draw at title challengers Chelsea in between, there is now a fresh spate of momentum at Old Trafford.
And Rangnick will look to exploit this against Patrick Vieira’s Eagles.
Rangnick first met the United players on Friday afternoon, having spoken to the press for the first time in a conference at Old Trafford.
And the interim United manager made it clear to his side that they must start controlling games if they are to win.
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“It’s about helping the team to play together, it’s about togetherness, it’s also about team spirit. We saw it yesterday (against Arsenal),” Rangnick said on Friday.
“If we compare the two halves, the first-half and second-half yesterday was completely different. Having these unique fans behind us, this will help us and help the team to gain confidence. You could see it in the second-half.
“Obviously, it’s not easy, I cannot do that in one or two training sessions, not even in one or two weeks. It’s not about playing pressing or counter-pressing for pressing sake, it’s about control. This is the major target.
“I have watched the latest games, I watched not only last night’s game but also the games against Watford and against Chelsea on TV. When I didn’t know when I would be contacted in the next days I watched, out of interest, the games against Liverpool and Manchester City.
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“I’m pretty well aware and acquainted with what is happening here with the club and in the Premier League.”
Rangnick’s first game gets underway with the club six points adrift of the Champions League places.
Confirmed United squad members
David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata, Amad, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood.
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