Man Utd blow as Ronaldo ‘forced’ out of training ahead of Villa clash

Date published: Friday 14th January 2022 10:25 - Dan Butterfield

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United have suffered a huge blow ahead of their clash with Aston Villa on Saturday evening after Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a knock in training.

The Portuguese forward missed United’s 1-0 win over Villa in the FA Cup on Monday with a hip injury and now is doubtful for the Premier League fixture.


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As reported by The Sun, Ronaldo was forced to leave Thursday’s training session early, with the problem not related to the injury that kept him out of the previous game.

The report continues by adding that the forward was looked at by the Red Devils’ medical team at their Carrington training ground before returning home to make use of his own personal oxygen chamber to aid his recovery.

The news will come as a blow top United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who hasn’t enjoyed the best start in charge.

Whilst the German boss has only lost once so far, a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Wolves, their level of performance has been criticised by many.

Ronaldo himself has criticised his sides form so far this season, revealing he won’t accept anything other than a top three finish. 

“Manchester United should win the league or be second or third. I don’t see any other position for Manchester United,” he said.

“In my heart, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than being in the top three in the Premier League, in my opinion.

“I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things. So why not – new year, new life and I hope that Manchester (United) can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.

“We are capable of changing things now. I know the way but I’m not going to mention it here because I don’t think it’s ethical on my part to say that.

“What I can say is we can do better – all of us. Manchester (United) belongs to important things, so we have to change that.

“I don’t want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete.”

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