‘I think he could start vs Man City’ – Ralf Rangnick happy to have midfielder available

'I think he could start vs Man City' - Ralf Rangnick happy to have midfielder available

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has admitted that it is ‘important’ to have Scott McTominay available for selection against Manchester City.

McTominay has missed Man United’s last two matches against Atletico Madrid and Watford due to illness that, according to Rangnick, forced him to lose some pounds.

It’s obvious that without the Scot midfielder in the team, United lack energy and balance – something the German boss and previous United managers [Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had confirmed] – which was apparently exposed against Atletico Madrid in Spain last month.

The Spanish side outmuscled Manchester United in the middle park, which forced United to give away loads of sloppy passes. Something United would have controlled, had it been the 24-year-old was in the team.

Now, the midfielder is available for action and is likely to start against Manchester City on Sunday but Rangnick resisted the temptation to reveal his team news too soon.

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“It’s Important to have him [Scott McTominay] available,” Rangnick told MUTV. “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 [McTominay] could be in contention for the starting XI [against Man City] but I will decide on that tomorrow [Saturday] after the last training session.”

Scott McTominay has been a regular starter under Ralf Rangnick, just as he was under Solskjaer, for an apparent reason, the energy and balance in brings to the team.

He is likely to start against Man City, who would obviously dominate the game, in a bid to help United prevent City from knocking the ball inside Man United’s half.