Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for Manchester United’s critical Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but Ralf Rangnick confesses he is unsure if the striker is happy at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo was forced to sit out last weekend’s humiliating 4-1 derby loss to Manchester City owing to injury, but he is expected to return for Spurs’ visit.
“He returned to training the day before yesterday.” Rangnick, United’s interim manager, said, “He trained the entire training session and I expect him to train today as well.”
“He did well in training, so I figured he’d be ready for tomorrow.”
Rangnick stated Ronaldo was out of Sunday’s Manchester derby owing to a hip injury last weekend, but former United captain and Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane thought something “didn’t add up” about his absence.
It was only Ronaldo’s second Premier League game since returning to United this season, and he has only one goal in his last ten games.
Katia Aveiro, the 37-year-sister, old’s appeared to be concerned about his absence after liking an Instagram post stating he was not injured but rather dropped by Rangnick.
“Well, I don’t know, I haven’t questioned him if he’s happy at Manchester and at this club,” Rangnick remarked in response to new claims about Ronaldo’s contentment this week.
“It’s vital to me that he’s back in shape and that he started training again yesterday.”
“We’ll see the formation and line-up we’ll use for tomorrow’s game.”
“No, because it doesn’t make sense to look back on what happened in the last six or seven days,” Rangnick replied when asked if he and the club were aware of Cristiano Ronaldo supposedly flying to Portugal last weekend instead of watching his team-mates at the Etihad.
“What happens today and tomorrow is crucial to me.” It makes no sense to me to go through all of this again.”