11 Jan 2022 | 00:45 | Football
Cristiano Ronaldo was not present in the reception of Aston Villa at MU’s home ground in the third round of the FA Cup. This is a cup game and it is natural for coach Ralf Rangnick to remove the pillar. Because besides Ronaldo, MU also does not have Maguire and Sancho for this match.
However, the revelations of coach Rangnick after the match made everyone worried. The German military leader is not exactly “saving” Ronaldo according to tactical intentions, but mainly from reality. Accordingly, the soon-to-be 37-year-old superstar is having physical problems with injuries that have forced him to stop playing.
Coach Rangnick revealed to Sky Sport: “I had a talk with Ronaldo yesterday, before the whole team trained. He told me he had had some problems recently. Minor injuries.”
The German coach added: “Therefore, we decided not to risk Ronaldo when the match could last up to 120 minutes. We let him rest. I intended to give him the game but “Ronaldo has problems with his hips and hip muscles. We think it’s best not to let Ronaldo play in this match.”
Three English players Maguire, Phil Jones and Sancho are also in a similar situation: “Phil Jones has a calf problem. It would be impossible for him to play in a cup game in that condition. What does it mean?” Rangnick said of Jones, who had only recently returned from struggling with injury for years.
Without Ronaldo in the front line, Sancho in the corridor and Maguire in the back, MU spent 90 extremely difficult minutes against Aston Villa. There was a time when it seemed that the “Red Devils” would lose the match and end the FA Cup journey this season in their first match. But fortunately, Scott McTominay’s early goal helped coach Rangnick’s team go on.
At 0:30 on January 16, MU will rematch Aston Villa but on the opponent’s field and in the 22nd round of the English Premier League. Fans are not sure how far Ronaldo’s ability to re-appear is. Just know that 90 minutes at Old Trafford have just finished witnessing the disappointment of the “Red Devils” attack, especially the duo Rashford and Greenwood.