Luke Shaw

Manchester United could receive a major boost ahead of next week’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night with Luke Shaw set to return. 

The defender was ruled out of United’s derby clash against Man City due to illness, and will also miss Saturday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to the media on Friday though, coach Ralf Rangnick explained why Sahwa will miss the clash against Antonio Conte’s side.

“Luke [Shaw] will still be out, until yesterday [Thursday], he was still testing positive [for Covid] even though he was negative today,” revealed Rangnick in his interview with MUTV’s Stewart Gardner.

“Without having trained and having some symptoms, it doesn’t make sense to have him in the squad for this game. Hopefully, he will be a candidate for Tuesday but, for Saturday’s game, he will be out.”

Scott McTominay also looks set to miss out against Spurs, although Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani could both be back.

“There’s also a question mark behind Scott McTominay,” added the boss. “He had some calf problems after training yesterday [Thursday] and the day before yesterday, so we didn’t let him train.

“Currently, I don’t want to take the risk in playing him with this kind of injury so those two will probably be out.

“[But] Edi was training last week and Cristiano had his first training session yesterday and he will be training today [Friday]. They both, after yesterday’s training session, told us that they have no problems anymore, so they both should be available for the game.”

United will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 humiliating loss to Man City and keep their fading hopes of playing in the Champions League.

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