Why Luke Shaw & Raphael Varane are absent from Man United's squad to face City


Explanations for the respective absences of Manchester United stars Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo from the club's matchday squad to face Man City this evening have been provided.

The news which rocked the Red Devils fanbase to its core was of course forthcoming earlier on Sunday, in the form of confirmation that none of Shaw, Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo or Edinson Cavani were set to play any part in the fast-approaching Manchester Derby.

And as much, in turn, has since been confirmed courtesy of the unveiling of the Red Devils' matchday squad a short time ago.

Speaking in his pre-match media duties at the Etihad, Ralf Rangnick was therefore inevitably drawn on the whereabouts of his key quartet.

And explanations for all four missing out, in turn, were subsequently provided.

As per United's interim boss, both Shaw and Varane have returned positive tests for Covid-19, whilst Ronaldo joins Cavani on the treatment table owing to what is described as a hip injury:

When pressed further on the wellbeing of long-term absentee Cavani, Rangnick added:

Etihad showdown

The outcome of this evening’s derby, of course, could prove to be crucial when it comes to not only the race for the Premier League title, but also the top-4.

This comes with Sunday’s hosts, Manchester City, desperate to reestablish their 6-point advantage over Liverpool at the division's summit, amid the rampant spell of form being enjoyed by Jurgen Klopp’s troops.

United, on the other hand, are set to be ousted from their Champions League-clinching berth in short order, should Arsenal translate their 3-2 lead over Watford into all three points at Vicarage Road.

Could the absences of all of Ronaldo, Cavani, Shaw and Varane yet cost the latter dear?


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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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