Manchester United are sweating due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness after the striker was forced out of training with a thigh injury ahead of Saturday’s match with Aston Villa.
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Cristiano Ronaldo was forced out of Manchester United training on Thursday, raising doubts about his involvement this weekend.
The Portuguese star had to cut his short session due to a thigh problem before Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa.
Ronaldo missed his FA Cup win on Monday over the same opponents on Monday as he was treating a groin problem.
United’s No. 7 player has been evaluated by the club’s medical team, but has returned home where he will be assisted by his oxygen room he has put in his home, according to The Sun’s report.
The club’s last round saw their defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton at Old Trafford.
Villa already beat United earlier this season and is aiming for a league double at Villa Park.
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Ralf Rangnick’s side need to kickstart their season if they are to reach the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
Ronaldo’s absence will open the door to a new striker partnership, if the interim coach sticks to the 4-2-2-2 formation he’s used since his arrival.
Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani will all be looking forward to their starting berths.
Ronaldo, the team’s top scorer, accepted that the performance was sub-par, with little change since Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He said: Let’s be honest. The last five or six games, do you think Manchester United have played very well? number.
“You know it, everyone knows it. We have – how can I say? – it’s time to get better.
“We have a team with potential, a new manager, why don’t we think we can do a better job?
“You have to believe, you have to be positive to try to change things and play how Manchester United fans want and the history of the club.”
The 36-year-old also highlighted his ambitions, claiming that United should be one of the top three teams in England.
Currently they are 11 points behind Liverpool in third place.
“I can’t accept that our mentality is less than being in the top three in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think to build good things you sometimes have to destroy some things. So why not – a new year, a new life and I hope Manchester (United) is the level the fans want. They deserve it.
“I don’t want to be here to be sixth, seventh or fifth. I’m here to try and win and compete.”
The drought that hit the cups goes back to 2017, while they have won the league since 2013.