“We worked a lot tactically, with fitness and in every situation. I didn’t get to work with all my players but the players with me did very well.
“I know my players better now. I think we have a very good team, we have to fight to be safe at the end of the season and together with our fans we can do this.”
Juraj Kucka’s two yellow cards against Arsenal mean he is suspended for the Red Devils clash, but there are several other midfield options for Ranieri to choose from, including Imrân Louza.
The Moroccan star found the target and notched an assist on international duty, playing in a more advanced position than the deep-lying midfield role he has occupied so far at Watford.
Ranieri recognises that picking his midfield won’t be easy, and indicated that he will decide his team on Friday evening.
He said: “For me, Louza’s best position is as a playmaker in front of the defensive line. I saw him further up for Morocco, which was a good solution for them. I think in two, three months he could give us this solution.