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The latest on Ralph Rangnick’s availability ahead of Manchester United vs Arsenal

The latest on Ralph Rangnick’s availability ahead of Manchester United vs Arsenal

Arsenal travel to Old Trafford

Arsenal are the last of the traditional top 6 to take on Manchester United, with the Gunners travelling to Old Trafford on Thursday night.

They have already seen Manchester City and Liverpool win comfortably there, while United have fared better away, defeating Tottenham and, most recently, earning a draw with Chelsea on their travels.

However, there remain questions over just how United will try to play, with a different set-up used against virtually all of the four opponents mentioned above. Most recently, Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for their trip to Stamford Bridge, inspiring a pressing system that had not previously been deployed effectively.

Should the Gunners be able to take all three points from the game, they would move eight points clear of the Red Devils, while a Manchester United win would narrow the gap to just two points, and put them right back in the race for the final top-four spot.

But who will be in charge?

When will Rangnick make his managerial bow?

There is no doubt that Ralph Rangnick will become Manchester United’s next manager, on a six-month interim contract.

However, there is far more concern about when he will be able to take charge. Previously, it was thought that he would be able to be in the dugout for the game against Arsenal, however as per David Ornstein of The Athletic:

“His appointment is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours but it is not yet clear whether his first game in charge will be Thursday’s visit of Arsenal or Crystal Palace’s trip to Old Trafford on December 5.”

Why? Well, as per the same source:

“There is still some uncertainty over when Rangnick’s visa process will be completed” 

Could we see Rangnick take charge on Thursday, or will Carrick’s marching band continue on their merry way?

Read more:

Rangnick at the wheel? Who Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher was communicating with against Chelsea revealed

How Chelsea fans trolled Manchester United’s Scott McTominay at Stamford Bridge


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# 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