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Man Utd’s Maguire in contention to face Brighton, says Rangnick

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Manchester United – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – April 23, 2022 Manchester United’s Harry Maguire during the warm up before the match REUTERS/David Klein

(Reuters) – Manchester United captain Harry Maguire could return to the side in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion, interim manager Ralf Rangnick said, but forward Marcus Rashford has been ruled out due to bronchitis.

Maguire, 29, missed United’s draw with Chelsea and win over Brentford with a knee problem but will be part of the travelling squad for the trip to the south coast.

“Harry is back in training. He trained the whole week since the second day after the Brentford game and so he will be available for tomorrow and part of the group,” Rangnick told reporters on Friday.

“(If he starts) is a decision I have to take after training today. I don’t want to tell our opponents the line-up to start.

“Marcus Rashford will be missing. He’s got bronchitis with a high temperature so he won’t be able to be part of the group.”

Rangnick added centre back Eric Bailly could be unavailable due to a back problem. United will also be without Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw for Saturday’s trip to the Amex Stadium.

United are sixth in the league standings on 58 points, six clear of seventh-placed West Ham United. Rangnick’s side will not play their last game of the season until May 22, leaving them with a 15-day gap after they take on Brighton, who are ninth with 44 points.

Rangnick said he was encouraged by United’s recent results after his side returned to winning ways with Monday’s 3-0 victory over Brentford in their final home game of the season.

“In the last two home games, we got four points against Chelsea and Brentford… The Brentford game was one of our best games in possession in the last six months,” the German coach said.

“What I liked about the game is you could see they had fun playing together, they enjoyed themselves on the pitch and this is exactly the same kind of approach we need for the game tomorrow.

“I am positive the team will play at the same kind of level at Brighton and two weeks’ time at Crystal Palace.”

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)