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Ralf Rangnick provides Cristiano Ronaldo & Harry Maguire updates ahead of Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick provides Cristiano Ronaldo & Harry Maguire updates ahead of Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Aston Villa and Manchester United are set to face off for the second time in the space of a week on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils face a trip to Villa Park for a 5:30 pm UK time Premier League kick-off.

Man United would see off Villa by one goal to nil in the FA Cup earlier this week, and will be hoping for a similar result this time around, though perhaps courtesy of a more dominant display.

Ralf Rangnick’s men head into the weekend’s action sitting 7th in the table, but could climb as high as 5th should they win their games in hand.

As for Aston Villa, they sit down in 13th place, and have now lost their last three outings across all competitions.

Ronaldo, Maguire & Sancho latest

Ahead of the Villa game, Ralf Rangnick spoke to the press on Friday afternoon.

One of the topics up for discussion was team news. Cristiano Ronaldo missed Manchester United’s FA Cup tie with Villa last time out, as did Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho.

However, speaking today, the United boss suggested that all three should be available this weekend:

“I think they will be available. They only trained yesterday for the first time. Cristiano yesterday, Harry the day before yesterday. We have to wait for the final session this afternoon but as it seems right now they should be available for tomorrow [Saturday].”

Rangnick was also asked about what has surprised him most about his experience in the Premier League, to which he responded:

“I wouldn’t say it has surprised me. No winter break is what I expected.

“What surprised me a little is how physically and tactically astute the smaller teams in this league are. Against the bottom teams, it is never easy.”

Quotes via the Manchester Evening News.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6