Manchester United will be without David de Gea for their crucial Premier League match against Tottenham on Saturday evening.
The Spain international has returned to form this season and his performances have played a key role in his side’s push for a top four place.
De Gea, however, according the MEN, will be unavailable this evening due to illness and Dean Henderson will deputise.
England international Henderson emerged as a major rival for the No.1 spot last season but has grown increasingly frustrated by a lack of opportunities this term and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since last May.
The 25-year-old will be handed a rare opportunity this evening with United looking to bounce back from their humiliating 4-1 derby defeat last weekend at the Etihad Stadium.
Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, is not wasting energy worrying about Cristiano Ronaldo’s travel itinerary or Marcus Rashford’s long-term future as the interim manager focuses on a must-win clash against Spurs.
Saturday kicks off a make-or-break Old Trafford doubleheader as top-four rivals Spurs come to town before the Red Devils host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Rangnick’s immediate focus is on a Premier League match that he admits fifth-placed United ‘have to win’ given Arsenal in fourth are not just a point better off but also boast three games in hand.
Ronaldo is reported to have surprised some team-mates by flying back to Portugal at such a key time for the team, but Rangnick is not getting distracted by such background noise.
‘Well, I don’t know, I haven’t asked him if he’s happy at Manchester and at this club,’ the United boss said.
‘For me, it’s important that he’s fit again and that he resumed training yesterday. We will see with which formation and with which line-up we are going to play the game tomorrow.’