MANCHESTER UNITED could welcome Harry Maguire and Phil Jones for their Premier League clash with Aston Villa this weekend.
The Red Devils are preparing to face Steven Gerrard’s side for the second time in six days beat them 1-0 in the FA Cup on the second night.
Club captains Maguire and Jones both missed the win due to injury but boss Ralf Rangnick is optimistic they will be available for the game at Villa Park on Saturday.
He said: “Hopefully we’ll have a few other players available, Harry and Phil hopefully, for Villa on Saturday.”
Maguire missed 0-1 loss to Wolves earlier this month – a casting issue that allowed Jones to return to the side for the first time in nearly two years.
But the former Blackburn player was later ruled out of the FA Cup due to fitness problems.
Asked about the absences of Jones, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, Rangnick added: “I’m not saying they’re injured but they have muscle problems.
“With Phil Jones, he’s having some minor problems with his calves, in the cup game tonight it doesn’t make any sense.”
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Man Utd were lucky in the win over Villa as Gerrard’s men dominated for big time and also had two inevitable goals.
Victor Lindelof partnered Raphael Varane at the heart of the Red Devils defense but looked extremely shaken in his first game since returning from Covid.
United were beaten by Villa earlier in the season and will be concerned about the level of pressure they are under in the FA Cup tie.
But Rangnick has reduced the psychological impact of playing them twice in the same week.
“This also happens in other countries, in other leagues, if you play in the national cup,” he added.
“In this moment we are in exactly that situation where we play them twice but because those are different competitions we have to play one game after another.”
Man Utd is 7th in the Premier League table with 31 points after 19 matches.
They are 4 points behind Arsenal – the team currently occupying the final Champions League spot.
After the trip to Villa, Rangnick’s army will face Brentford and West Ham before the end of the month.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8185746/man-utd-maguire-jones-villa-injuries/ Man Utd strengthen with Harry Maguire and Phil Jones set to return for this weekend’s Aston Villa clash from injury