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Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick explains David De Gea absence from Middlesbrough FA Cup tie

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has opened up on his team selection for tonight’s FA Cup showdown with Middlesbrough. The Red Devils are looking to book their place in the fifth round of the competition. They last won the tournament back in 2016, when Louis van Gaal was manager. 

Manchester United have gone strong for tonight’s match at Old Trafford.

Dean Henderson gets the nod in goal, with the England international picked in the absence of David De Gea – who has been given the evening off.

At the back, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw start either side of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

In midfield, United have gone with Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba – with the France international making his first start since the 2-2 draw with Atalanta in November.

And, up top, Cristiano Ronaldo will be unleashed alongside Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. 

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But, in the end, he stayed put.

Rangnick made it clear he wanted Henderson to stay and battle it out with the likes of De Gea, Tom Heaton and Lee Grant for a starting berth.

Newcastle showed interest in Henderson, as well as Jesse Lingard, before finally conceding defeat.

Watford were also in the running yet the Hornets left it too late for a deal to be struck.

Rangnick is now hoping to guide United into the next round of the FA Cup.

And he’s admitted he’s not entirely satisfied with his spell at Old Trafford so far, even if results have been good enough with seven wins from their last 10 matches.

“As a manager, as a head coach, you can never be satisfied,” he said.

“The average points-per-game is okay, it could have been more.

“If we look back at all those games and when we did concede goals and when did we score the goals, I think, in total, we cannot be pleased but it’s quite okay.

“The results have been good and now it’s about developing as a team and the better we play, the more control we get on games, the more likely will it be to get results in the next weeks.”

And Rangnick also admitted he was wary of Middlesbrough and the threat they pose to his team.

“Not only that but since they changed manager, since Wilder is the new coach, they have been very successful, also in the Championship, winning a lot of games,” he said.

“They’ve only lost a couple of games since he arrived so I’m fully aware we’ll take the game extremely seriously, like a Premier League game.

“But I am confident if we can play at the level we played against West Ham, we can win the game and progress into the next round.”

United last won the FA Cup in 2016.

They’ve won the competition just once since the turn of the millennium, with their other triumph coming under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2004.



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