Cristiano Ronaldo suffering with hip problem amid questions over Man Utd future

Why Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of Manchester united team against Aston Villa
Cristiano Ronaldo suffering with hip problem amid questions over Man Utd future

Cristiano Ronaldo was a notable absentee from Manchester United’s squad for the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa, but it is not the recent reports about his doubtful future at the club which have caused him to miss out

Ralf Rangnick has explained Cristiano Ronaldo is currently struggling with a hip problem amid questions over his future at Manchester United.

The Red Devils legend was notably not included in the matchday squad for the FA Cup third round tie with Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

It comes after reports over the weekend claimed he has held “crisis talks” with agent Jorge Mendes about the current state of the club.

Although Ronaldo is said to be frustrated with life under Rangnick and sceptical about their chances of winning silverware, it is not those claims which have led to his removal from the team.Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo stands dejected after the fourth goal during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester

A hip injury is the reason for Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the Man United squad

When asked about his star man, the interim United boss told MUTV: “I spoke with Cristiano yesterday before training, he told me that he’s had some problems for the last couple of days.

“Minor problems, but in the end, we decided that it made more sense to not take any risks in a game that could easily last 120 minutes, so we just decided to rest him, not play him at all.”

Rangnick was then asked by BBC Sport where Ronaldo would be, to which the German replied: “I suppose he will be in the stadium but he had some problems with his hip, with his hip muscle.Ralf Rangnick, manager of Manchester United, looks on after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021 in Manchester, England.

Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with life under Ralf Rangnick

“And we just decided that it would be better for him not to play this game. I don’t think it’s anything serious.

“He’s told me that he’s had that problem for the last couple of days. Again, in a cup game when you can play 120 minutes, I thought it would be better to not take any risks.”

Questions have been raised about Ronaldo’s relationship with Rangnick as is he said to have made it clear to the United board that he wouldn’t want to see him appointed permanently.Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United walks off the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on January 03, 2022 in Manchester, England.

The Red Devils club legend has not had the return he was hoping for so far

Further reports have detailed the mass discontent amongst the first-team squad, with as many as 17 players said to be unhappy with their position at the club.

Ronaldo could depart come the end of the season depending on who United appoint to take over from Rangnick for next season.

He seems eager to finish his glittering with more silverware, and a report from France has claimed Paris Saint-Germain could offer him a route out of his current predicament.


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