Ranieri boosted by fully fit Cottagers squad for Red Devils trip
Claudio Ranieri has no new injury problems as he prepares to take a strong Fulham squad to Manchester United on Saturday.
The Cottagers boss welcomed Andre Schurrle back into the squad for Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw against Leicester following his recovery from an unspecified knock.
The Germany international was an unused substitute, but could feature at Old Trafford with Ranieri possibly looking to switch things around.
Floyd Ayite picked up a groin strain in the defeat at Chelsea last weekend and missed the Foxes clash, but he could also return to the fold this weekend.
Fulham produced an encouraging performance against Leicester, giving the 67-year-old Ranieri one victory, one draw and one defeat from his three matches in charge.
In United they face a team that is under pressure and struggling for form, but Ranieri insists his side will need to be ‘perfect’ if they are to succeed.
‘Manchester are one of the best teams in the Premier League and also in the Champions League,’ he said.
‘It’s a fantastic team and stadium and we want to make a point. We know it’s hard, but nothing is impossible.
‘Manchester are getting better, for us it will be difficult. We must make a perfect performance.
‘Every manager would like to win, the desire is to win, but we have a great respect for Manchester.
‘Every match we improve, but it’s not easy because when you stay at the bottom of the table, it’s not so [easy to be] confident 100 per cent.
‘I gave my confidence to my players, but if you have two or three good results the confidence of the team grows immediately and I am confident we will do this.’