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Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick provides triple injury boost ahead of Aston Villa


Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed three crucial players are in line to return against Aston Villa on Saturday. The Red Devils travel to Villa Park looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League but missed big names in Monday’s FA Cup clash.

United defeated Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford to progress to the fourth round, despite Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s absences.

Scott McTominay’s early header was the game’s only goal as Rangnick’s side downed Steven Gerrard’s dangerous visitors.

There were fears Maguire, Sancho, and Ronaldo could miss Saturday’s crunch clash against the Villans, with significant ground to make up in the race for the top four.

But Rangnick has eased fears in his pre-match press conference and is confident all three stars will be available.

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Ahead of the trip to the Midlands, he confirmed the trio are likely to feature in what Monday’s showdown proved will be a tricky test.

He told reporters: “I think they [Ronaldo, Sancho and Maguire] will be available.

“They only trained yesterday for the first time – Cristiano yesterday, Harry the day before. As it seems right now, they should be available for tomorrow.”

The German coach also confirmed that Phil Jones could make his second successive league start after also missing the FA Cup triumph.

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