Manchester United Provide Cristiano Ronaldo Fitness Update Ahead Of Aston Villa Clash. Cristiano Ronaldo is eligible and likely to play when Manchester United travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday. The Red Devils are coming off a 1-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Earlier this week, it was claimed that Ronaldo was forced to leave United’s training facility early due to a thigh issue. However, interim manager Ralf Rangnick later reiterated that the 36-year-old attacker, along with Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire, are eligible for selection for Saturday’s encounter.
Speaking to the media ahead of the league clash with Aston Villa, Rangnick said:
“I think they will be available. They only trained yesterday for the first time. Cristiano yesterday, Harry (Maguire) the day before yesterday. We have to wait for the final session this afternoon, but as it seems right now they should be available for tomorrow (Saturday).”
Rangnick confirms Cristiano Ronaldo will be AVAILABLE for tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa. 😍 pic.twitter.com/KuiVHtEgNv
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It’s worth noting that this was Ronaldo’s second injury in less than a week. The Portuguese attacker missed United’s FA Cup match against Aston Villa on Monday due to a hip injury.
If Ronaldo is available for selection, he is anticipated to start against Villa. He might be partnered by Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, or Edinson Cavani in attack.
However, both Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay will be missing for the Red Devils. After amassing five yellow cards for the season, the two are serving one-match bans. Meanwhile, United are still missing Paul Pogba, who was injured while on international duty in November and is still rehabilitating.
Returning to this match, Ronaldo has a strong record against Aston Villa dating back to his first season at Old Trafford. In 15 games versus Villa, the former Juventus and Real Madrid striker has nine goals and four assists.