Why Cristiano Ronaldo is not in Man United’s squad to face Aston Villa

Why Cristiano Ronaldo is not in Man United’s squad to face Aston Villa

Why Cristiano Ronaldo is not in Man United’s squad to face Aston Villa

 

An explanation for the absence of star man Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United’s squad to face Aston Villa this evening has been provided.

Cup clash

The final fixture of the FA Cup’s 3rd-round is of course set to play out in short order.

The matchup in question has seen the aforementioned Man United welcome long-time foe Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to Old Trafford, for a highly-anticipated showdown.

Visitors United, for their part, will no doubt head into the evening’s action desperate for a bounce-back result.

This comes after the Red Devils came in for a deserved barrage of criticism, after slipping to an alarming 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out.

Why Cristiano Ronaldo is not in Man United’s squad to face Aston Villa

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on January 03, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

CR7 misses out

The efforts of Ralf Rangnick’s men to secure a return to winning ways at the expense of Villa, however, will come with United unable to call on a pair of the club’s key performers.

The players in question? Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Captain Maguire’s absence on Monday has not come as a huge surprise, with the English international having been forced to sit out versus Wolves, too, owing to injury.

The matchday omission of talisman Ronaldo, on the other hand, has come as nothing short of a shock.

Speaking to the media ahead of the action getting underway at Old Trafford, Ralf Rangnick was therefore inevitably drawn on the whereabouts of his prolific frontman.

And the Red Devils boss went on to reveal that Ronaldo’s absence has come as a result of a ‘minor muscle problem’:

 

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