Man Utd star 'couldn't breathe properly' during Brentford win, says Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick says Scott McTominay couldn’t breathe properly after a blow to the back during Manchester United’s win at Brentford on Wednesday, but the midfielder should not be in danger of missing Saturday’s clash with West Ham.

United beat the Bees 3-1 in the Premier League thanks to goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford before a late Ivan Toney consolation.

The Red Devils had been a long way off the pace in the first half but dramatically improved after the break, with all the goals coming in the second half.

There was one concern for Rangnick in the second stanza, though, when McTominay was forced off on 84 minutes, with the manager revealing he was having problems breathing.

However, Rangnick has also confirmed that it was not a serious concern, with McTominay returning to the pitch after the final whistle to applaud the traveling fans.

‘He got a knock on the back and couldn’t breathe properly,’ Rangnick said of McTominay.

‘I spoke to him in the locker room [after] and he should be okay for Saturday.’

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It is a big game at Old Trafford on Saturday in the race for the top four in the Premier League, with United hosting the Hammers.

David Moyes’ side currently hold onto the all-important fourth spot in the table, but the Red Devils can go past them on points with a win at the weekend.

Rangnick will be hoping McTominay is indeed fit and available for the Hammers as he was thoroughly impressed with his leadership skills at Brentford.

‘Scott McTominay was exemplary, a real leader and it was positively contagious to the other players,’ said Rangnick of his midfielder.

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