Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw – Manchester United injury round-up ahead of Chelsea clash

A new dawn looms for Manchester United as it looks like Ralf Rangnick will be appointed interim manager until the end of the season, but while he waits for work permits, the Reds travel to Chelsea.

In a week that has been filled with managerial twists, United appear poised for an off-the-field solution that could bring focus back to them as they try to dust themselves off after the sobering defeat to Watford.

The dismantling at Vicarage Road marked the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure at Old Trafford and then saw him replaced by Michael Carrick on a temporary basis and in the dugout for this weekend’s game.

Harry Maguire was sent off as the final dagger went to Solskjaer after a second bookable foul on a loose touch led to a desperate lunge for possession, leaving Tom Cleverley in a heap.

The red card means the 28-year-old will miss just that one game for United and could return to the fold when they host Arsenal on Thursday.

Paul Pogba, who would have come back from his suspension had he been fit, is still sidelined with the thigh injury sustained during the international break.

This also applies to his French compatriot Raphael Varane, who was forced out in the draw with Atalanta. Scans later revealed that it was a hamstring injury and that he will miss the trip to the capital.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Sunday’s game comes too early for Mason Greenwood after the winger succumbed to coronavirus and missed the Watford defeat and midweek Champions League win over Villarreal.



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There are two looming doubts before the clash with Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw who still have questions about their fitness.

The Uruguayan saw tendon problems flare up again with the victory over Tottenham last month, as a result of which he missed the last international break.

Shaw suffered a concussion last weekend – weeks after sustaining a similar injury in the defeat to Manchester City.

He missed the trip to El Madrigal, but is waiting for an update for Sunday.

Ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge, the Londoners themselves have no shortage of injury issues with key absentees including Ben Chilwell.

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