Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani

Rangnick provides selection clues for derby

Saturday 05 March 2022 07:00

Ralf Rangnick has provided us with some further information about the involvement of Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay in Sunday’s 187th Manchester derby.

At the start of this week, the pair were United’s only known fitness concerns in the build-up to our visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Both players have now resumed training after missing the draws with Atletico Madrid and Watford, while Cavani also had to sit out games against Southampton, Brighton and Leeds due to a groin issue.

The Uruguayan’s more prolonged spell on the sidelines means Rangnick is unlikely to risk him from the start against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Cavani, who turned 35 in February, is more likely to be introduced as a second-half substitute, as Ralf has suggested in our interview.

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Part one: Ralf's derby press conference

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“Well it’s good to have him back,” Rangnick told club reporter Stewart Gardner, in an interview you can read in full from 09:00 GMT on Sunday.

“We have one more alternative in a central attacking position but he has been out for three weeks.

“That’s also something we have to bear in mind. I don’t think he could play for more than, I don’t know, half an hour.

“He’s ready for that, for coming on as a sub but I don’t think he can be in contention to start that game.”

McTominay has been struggling with illness since being one of our standout performers in the 4-2 Premier League win over Leeds on 20 February.

Rangnick revealed it has been a tough period for Scott, but the 25-year-old could be included from the off as the Reds look to make it four wins in a row at the home of our crosstown rivals.

“[It’s] Important to have him available,” the German added. “He’s been training the whole week.

“He’s been out one week only but he was really seriously ill and lost some weight.

“I think he could be in contention for the starting XI but I will decide on that tomorrow [Saturday] after the last training session.”

City v United kicks off at 16:30 GMT on Sunday.