Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has opened up ahead of Tuesday night’s Premier League match with Liverpool at Anfield. The Red Devils go into the game hoping to make it back to back wins after putting Norwich City to the sword over the weekend. But Jurgen Klopp’s side, certainly, won’t be easy – though Bruno Fernandes will be involved in the game despite having a car crash.
Fernandes was involved in a car crash on his way to Manchester United training though, fortunately, emerged unscathed.
And Rangnick, speaking ahead of his side’s epic showdown with Liverpool on Tuesday night, has now confirmed the Portugal international is fine and will be involved in tomorrow’s match.
“Yes, he was training with the team obviously the accident happened on the way to Carrington,” said the German.
“As far as I know, no one was injured. He was ok and he’ll be ok for tomorrow.”
That will be a boost for United, with Fernandes still one of their best players this season despite the Red Devils enduring a chastening campaign.
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“No, as a player and a professional he is used to that,” he said.
“He knows how to handle that and how to deal with that.
“I don’t think this affects his game or his performance.
“I haven’t spoken about this with him in person.”
In Liverpool, United will be going up against a team who could win a quadruple this season – particularly after their FA Cup win over Manchester City on Sunday.
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And Rangnick has urged his United team to improve defensively and make sure they keep the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at bay.
“As I said after the game [Norwich], we need to be more compact, we need to find the right balance of what we do in possession of the ball and what we need to do in order to defend our own goal,” he said.
“For sure, we need to be more compact, more aggressive, more on the front foot but still make sure we have all the players behind the ball.
“This is what we need to show tomorrow against a team that is probably one of the best – if not the best – in creating moments which they can be dangerous from in and around the box.
“We need to be at our very best defensively but still have a formation and approach to the game that we can be dangerous ourselves.”
On when United plan to officially announce Erik ten Hag, he continued by saying: “I don’t know.
“This is an issue for the club and the board and as soon as there is something to announce then I’m pretty sure the club will make that announcement.
“Right now, that doesn’t affect our preparation for the game tomorrow or the game on Saturday.
“We are fully aware that out of those six games we probably need almost maximum points and you can see even other teams are dropping points.
“This is about being consistent and the team that will finish fourth will be who is most committed to that.”