Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick provides injury update on Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ralf Rangnick spoke with Cristiano Ronaldo before naming his squad (Picture: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has explained why three of his players missed the visit of Aston Villa in tonight’s FA Cup clash.

The Red Devils are aiming to reach the fourth round of the competition with a home tie against Middlesbrough at stake for the winner.

However, Rangnick is without Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones.

‘I wouldn’t say they are injured but they have muscular problems,’ Rangnick told MUTV of Jones, Sancho and Ronaldo.

‘I spoke to Cristiano yesterday before training and he said he’d had some problems for the last couple of days, spine minor problems and in the end we decided it would make more sense not to take any risks in a cup game that could last 120 minutes.

‘With Phil Jones, he’s having some minor problems with his calf, in a cup game tonight it doesn’t make any sense.

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Jadon Sancho s suffering with hamstring issues (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘With Jadon, he was supposed to be in the squad, he had some issues with hamstring on both sides so it doesn’t make sense to take any risks.’

Rangnick has had to battle reports of unrest in the dressing room this past week following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves last time out – his first loss since taking charge.

Several players are reportedly looking to leave the club over a lack of playing time, while some are said to concerned over his preferred 4-2-2-2 formation.

But the German boss is confident his players are buying into his high-pressing style of play.

‘This is the only way we can compete in this league and at that level,’ he said.

‘Whenever you watch games, even if it’s not the top teams, they play with intensity, they play with physicality, they play with energy and they sprint. This is what we have to do. We have to develop into this kind of team.

‘As I said after the first game against Crystal Palace, we showed at least in the first half a lot of those things and it’s about implementing this into the team in a sustainable way. This is our job.

‘We have to do it together with the players and we have, obviously, to develop the players, identify for each game the players who are willing and able to do that and to deliver exactly what we spoke about.’


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