Why Cristiano Ronaldo & Marcus Rashford are missing for Man United vs Aston Villa15 January 2022
Explanations for the respective absences of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford from Manchester United’s matchday squad to face Aston Villa have been provided on Saturday evening.
Ralf Rangnick’s men are of course primed to return to action in short order.
After ousting Aston Villa from the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 triumph earlier this week, the Red Devils are set to face off with Steven Gerrard’s men once more in a little less than an hour’s time.
A Premier League meeting on this occasion lies in store, at Villa Park.
Visitors United will head into proceedings aware that nothing but a win will suffice, amid the club’s efforts to keep pace with the top-4 chasing pack.
This comes with the Manchester giants sitting 7th in the English top-flight as things stand, adrift of all of West Ham United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Ronaldo injury latest
As alluded to above, though, any such hopes on the part of Rangnick and co. of securing a three-point haul this evening have, prior to kick-off, been dealt a blow.
This comes on the back of confirmation that neither talisman Cristiano Ronaldo nor attacking partner Marcus Rashford have been included in the club’s matchday squad to face Villa:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2022
In turn, speaking to the media ahead of the action getting underway at Villa Park, Ralf Rangnick was inevitably drawn on the whereabouts of his omitted attacking duo.
And the United boss went on to confirm that both have picked up minor fitness problems, with Ronaldo suffering with a hip flexor issue, and Rashford a dead leg:
Rangnick says Cristiano Ronaldo is out with a hip flexor injury and couldn’t train on Friday. “Hopefully he can play on Wednesday”.
Rashford suffered a dead leg in training on Thursday, “we waited until Friday evening but the treatment did not make it any better”. #MUFC
— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) January 15, 2022
This news item was provided by the Football (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals - Feed website - the original link is: https://www.101greatgoals.com/news/why-cristiano-ronaldo-marcus-rashford-are-missing-for-man-united-vs-aston-villa/