The injury woes of Manchester United have begun to mount in recent weeks, and Ralf Rangnick‘s predicament has been exacerbated by the rescheduling of a critical match at the last minute.
After the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea was moved up to next Thursday, the Red Devils were allegedly outraged.
The match between Ralf Rangnick’s team and Thomas Tuchel’s men was initially set for May 15.
However, due to Chelsea’s progression to the FA Cup Final, the match had to be rescheduled, and they will now face Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on May 14.
Accordingly, the Premier League has rescheduled the vital match for Thursday, April 28 in order to alleviate fixture congestion.
As a result, United will have to go to Liverpool, Arsenal, and host Chelsea during the span of nine days.
And the Red Devils will have to deal with this gloomy slew of fixtures while also dealing with a mini-injury problem that has evolved in recent weeks.
United are said to have communicated their extreme displeasure and irritation to the Premier League over the situation.
Unfortunately, they have come to terms with the idea that their concerns are unlikely to make a significant difference to their current predicament.
The Red Devils recovered from behind to defeat Norwich City 3-2 at Old Trafford, putting them back into contention for a top-four finish.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick propelled them into fifth place, where they are only three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table.
Due to a worsening injury crisis, they will be unable to compete in their three remaining matches against Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea (all on Sunday).
David de Gea (knee), Edinson Cavani (calf), Raphael Varane (muscular), Fred (hip flexor), Luke Shaw (ankle), and Scott McTominay (foot) will all miss Manchester United’s trip to Anfield on Sunday.
As a result of the fact that Manchester United did not add any fresh players to their team during the previous January transfer window, this injury exodus has been exacerbated even further.
Anthony Martial, Amad Diallo, and Donny van de Beek were all allowed to leave the club on loan, with the three players going to Sevilla, Rangers, and Everton.
When asked about the team’s current roster limits, Rangnick responded, “We lost a couple of players who we shouldn’t have lost.
I spoke about it last week, and while I was thinking about the offensive players we had available against West Ham (in January), and the substitutions I could make in the final 15 minutes, I realized that three of them (Martial, Cavani, and Mason Greenwood) are no longer here, or are injured or have been injured for a long period.
We’ve lost a couple of other players, and we’re also dealing with a couple of injury issues with key players who should be in the starting XI,” says the manager.
Things happen, and there are no excuses or alibis for them. The number of injuries that we are currently dealing with is another issue that has me a little concerned.
Contrast that with the fact that Liverpool, despite the fact that they are still playing in four competitions, has no injury concerns at all.
We only compete in the Premier League, yet we now have five or six players out with injuries. This is also a problem that will need to be addressed in the foreseeable future. In order to determine why this is the case, What caused it to happen?
We must fly to Liverpool and put in our absolute best effort on the field, like we have done so many times in previous seasons.
This is what I expect from everyone involved to demonstrate that we are capable of winning the game and that we are committed to doing so.”