September 23, 2021 || 9:54 am

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man Utd absence explained

Manchester U’nited manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expl’ained why he didn’t include Cristi’ano Ronaldo in the squad for Wed’nesday’s Carabao Cup clas’h with West Ham.

Ronaldo was’ not in the 18 at Old Trafford, with Jess’e Ling”ard, Anthony Marti’al and Jadon Sancho selected to lead the attack.


Before the mat’ch, Solskj’aer explained Ron’aldo’s absence was part of sev’eral cha’nges with the hopes of keep’ing pla_yers fresh.


Solskjaer toldĀ Sky Spor’ts: “We decided mo_re or less before Sunday [to mak_e changes]. We need more play_ers to get match fit. Alex Telles is back and has been _training for a w_eek. It will be a long sea”son.

“Cristiano Rona’ldo has co’me in and made a diffe’rence alre’ady, he wants to play as much as pos’sible but I don’t think it is pos’sible.

“If you are going to be suc’cessful at the end, you nee’d the wh’ole squad and minutes to be sha’red out. A risk making so man’y cha’nges but we have play’ed som’e games behind closed do’ors and hop’efully we find the rhythm.”


Ronaldo’s season so far

The Portuguese star has sc’ored four goals in just three ga’mes since maki’ng the move ba’ck to Old Traffo’rd this sum’mer.


Three of th_ose goals have come in just two Pre_mier League appea_rances, with the other being a Champi_ons League goal against Young Boys.

Up next for Man Utd is a clash with Aston Villa this week’end before they take on Villar’real in the Champio’ns Lea’gue.

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