Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will return against Everton this weekend.
And Manchester United are desperate for the Portuguese superstar to break their goalscoring channel at Goodison Park to help them secure a top-four finish.
Illness meant Ronaldo missed the Red Devils’ last outing, a 1-1 draw with Leicester, which left them three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.
But now Rangnick has confirmed the 37-year-old is back and admitted Saturday’s clash with relegation-threatened Everton was a must win.
He said: “It happens in football [big teams struggling], not only in England but in other leagues. But for us again, it’s about being aware of the current situation.
“We still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League, but to do that we have to win and we absolutely have to win tomorrow’s game.
“If you look at the current situation in the table, we can’t afford to drop any more points and I think everyone in the team and the squad are aware of that.”
Ronaldo is United’s top scorer in the league this season with 12 goals, and the club are yet to win a Premier League game where they have yet to start.
The omens are also good for the Red Devils as Ronaldo has only ever lost one of his 13 games against Everton during his two spells in England.
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That defeat came at Goodison Park, however, as nine-man United were beaten 1-0 in 2005 after Gary Neville and Paul Scholes saw red.
And curiously for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, he is yet to score a Premier League goal at the Goodison venue on Saturday in five appearances.
All four of Ronaldo’s top goals against Everton came at Old Trafford, despite failing to score in the 1-1 first leg in October.
His solitary goal in the blue half of Merseyside resulted in a 2-0 FA Cup fifth round victory in the 2004/05 season in which United eventually lost in the final to Arsenal.
But for United there won’t be a second medal this time around if Ronaldo & Co. finish runners-up to the Toffees…
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