IT’S back to Premier League action tonight for Manchester United as the Red Devils take on Aston Villa.
Ralf Rangnick’s men were beaten in their last top-flight match and will be targeting a crucial three points as they look to keep up with the top six.
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But with the teamsheets now revealed from Villa Park, there’s no place this evening for Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting XI.
Why isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo playing tonight?
Ralf Rangnick has named his starting lineup for tonight’s Premier League clash.
And there’s no place for Ronaldo in the squad, who SunSport revealed held crisis talks with agent Jorge Mendes about his future at the club last week.
For tonight’s game however, Rangnick has indicated the forward is out with a ‘hip injury’.
The United boss revealed that Ronaldo didn’t train on Friday but is expected to be available for the match against Brentford next Wednesday.
SunSport had exclusively revealed the knock on Friday, which saw CR7 head home early from training.
The 36-year-old Portuguese star has been a workhorse since his return to Manchester in the summer, making 26 appearances for club and country since August.
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And SunSport last week revealed how Ronaldo is frustrated with the tactics of interim boss Rangnick.
A source close to Ronaldo revealed: Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.
The team is receiving a lot of criticism and he knows he is regarded as one of the leaders.
There are quite a lot of problems and Cristiano is feeling the pressure and is very stressed by the situation.
He desperately wants his United move to be a success, but he is starting to recognise that winning trophies with the current set up could be a real struggle.
Jorge came to see him and they spent time chatting through how things are going, what they think are the problems, how they might be solved and what the solutions may be.
Nothing has been ruled out.