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Man United welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo while Bruno Fernandes misses clash with Tottenham

Manchester United will welcome back star Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo to the matchday XI as Ralf Rangnick's Red Devils host Antonio Conte's Tottenham outfit in Saturday's evening fixture at Old Trafford.

United (5th) sits just two points clear of Spurs (7th) before this evening's clash in the northwest of England as both sides look to try to put themselves on a course that could see them push Arsenal for the fourth and vital Champions League place for next season.

Bruno Fernandes to miss out for United

As reported earlier today, mercurial attacking midfielder and Ronaldo compatriot Bruno Fernandes has not been selected to get a run-out against Tottenham tonight after testing positive for Covid-19.

It was first reported that David De Gea and Scott McTominay also tested positive, and while McTominay is indeed also absent from the XI that is set to clash with Spurs, De Gea has been called upon by Rangnick for his usual custodial duties at the back.

The loss of Fernandes is likely to be a critical one, however. His 9-goals are joint-top with Ronaldo in the club's domestic goal chart this term, while his 6-assists sit behind only Paul Pogba (9) for United this season in the Premier League.

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