Ralf Rangnick.

Early team news for Tottenham test

Thursday 10 March 2022 09:41

Preparations are continuing for Manchester United's final Premier League game of March, with Tottenham coming to town on Saturday.

The 17:30 GMT kick-off is key to the Reds' hopes of reviving our bid for a top-four spot following the draw with Watford and derby-day defeat to Manchester City.

Although there is the big Champions League round-of-16 clash with Atletico Madrid to look forward to next Tuesday, this is our last domestic outing before Leicester City head to Old Trafford on 2 April.

Raphael Varane has returned to training after contracting Covid-19 but Cristiano Ronaldo has been working separately as he looks to regain full fitness following a hip problem.

Luke Shaw missed the Manchester City game, after also testing positive for the virus, with Alex Telles operating at left-back at the Etihad Stadium.

There are hopes Edinson Cavani could make his first appearance since the 1-1 draw at Burnley last month. The South American striker scored in the corresponding fixture with Spurs, a 3-0 victory in late October.

Bruno Fernandes was used in a 'false-nine' role in the derby, with Paul Pogba also quite advanced in a central position, in a change of tactics for the clash with our neighbours.

Marcus Rashford came off the bench for the second half and we expect an update from the boss on the striker situation in Friday's press conference, regarding the possible availability of Cavani and Ronaldo.

Youngster Hannibal was among the substitutes last weekend and was training with the senior squad again on Wednesday.


Spurs boss Antonio Conte welcomed Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Moura back into the squad for the eye-catching 5-0 victory over Everton on Monday night. Bentancur started while Brazilian ace Lucas was an unused substitute.

Ryan Sessegnon was withdrawn during the rout of the Merseysiders while Oliver Skipp (groin) and Japhet Tanganga (knee) have been unavailable of late.

"With Ryan, we have to make an evaluation," said Conte. "It is a muscular problem. I hope it's nothing serious because, every time this player is having the continuity of performance, something goes wrong or he has a little injury."