Manchester United have been left sweating on the fitness of a number of their key players ahead of Saturday's early kick-off game at Everton. The Red Devils are set to be without Rapheal Varane, Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani in a game whose outcome could have a significant impact on their top four aspiration.
The Red Devils are in need of a win in the weekend's encounter as they aim to pile pressure on the like of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham who assumed commanding positions with eight gameweeks left. An uninspiring performance against Leicester City last week saw Ralf Rangnick's side drop more points in their 1-1 draw with Leicester at Old Trafford, leaving them three points behind fourth-placed Spurs.
United now have it all to do, starting with Saturday's trip to Goodison Park but will have to go down a difficult route to potentially end the season among the top four. However, according to interim boss Ralf Rangnick, they will be without a few key squad members in the upcoming test. Raphael Varane who featured in the 1-1 draw with Leicester last week has picked up a foot injury, while Scott McTominay will also miss out with a sole injury. Edinson has a calf injury while Luke Shaw is also reportedly having issues with the leg that he had an operation on in 2015.
There is a boost in the side as Cristiano Ronaldo is now available for the trip to Merseyside. The Portuguese superstar missed last weekend's draw with Leicester through injury despite having featured for Portugal in their World Cup qualifying playoffs.
"Cristiano is back again. Luke is still injured," Rangnick told reporters on Friday. "We had to take him off at half-time and he's having problems with his leg where had his operation back in 2015.
"Yeah, the doctor told me that they decided to remove that metal thing in his leg, there are two bolts that need to be removed and this will happen tomorrow and that means he will be out for the next two or three weeks.
"Cavani is still injured. Rapha Varane is still injured, he will be missing for the game tomorrow and the same is true with Scott McTominay, I'm afraid. "He's having problems with the sole of his foot. So those four players will be missing."