Ralf Rangnick.

Team news for Brentford game

Tuesday 18 January 2022 12:30

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick expects to have more options available when the Reds take on Brentford.

Wednesday night's game marks a first competitive meeting with the Bees since 1975, although we did play in a pre-season friendly at Old Trafford last year, which finished 2-2.

Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are free of the suspension that forced them to sit out the draw at Aston Villa on Saturday, while forwards Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo may be back in contention for starting spots after injury issues.

"Cristiano and Marcus were training yesterday, so we will train today," Ralf explained during his press conference. "But in the press conference before the Villa game, I was also convinced Cristiano would be available and he wasn't.

"So we have to wait for the training session today in an hour's time. I think they both could be available.”

Paul Pogba is still out of action despite returning to training this week.

Anthony Martial has not been training with the group but Rangnick has still to make a call on whether he will be involved at the Brentford Community Stadium.

"He didn't train yesterday and the day before yesterday," explained the boss. "He will probably train today. After, I will take the decision if he is nominated or not. We'll see what happens."

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was ill at the weekend while Harry Maguire was on the bench at Villa Park after his recent lay-off.

Injury update on Ronaldo, Rashford & Pogba Video

Injury update on Ronaldo, Rashford & Pogba

See what Ralf told reporters about the fitness of Cristiano, Marcus and Paul...


Josh Dasilva played the first half of a behind-closed-doors friendly with Havant and Waterlooville to continue his rehabilitation from a long-term hip problem. 

The game may come too soon for Mathias Jorgensen and Frank Onyeka is on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Long-term absentees for Thomas Frank's impressive side include keeper David Raya, Charlie Goode and Julian Jeanvier.

Delve into the press conference: