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Coach Rangnick: ‘Ronaldo has a problem with his spine’

11 Jan 2022 | 07:50

The German coach revealed the status of Phil Jones, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo before the match against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Phil Jones are not injured, but they have a bit of a muscle problem,” coach Ralf Rangnick told MUTV.

“I talked to Ronaldo during training on January 10. He said he had some problems with his spine. Although Ronaldo’s condition is not a cause for concern, the coaching staff decided to let him rest for the rest of the day. Cup matches can last up to 120 minutes,” the German coach added.

Ronaldo is MU's number one scorer this season with 14 goals.

Ronaldo is MU’s number one scorer this season with 14 goals.

About Phil Jones, coach Rangnick said the player born in 1992 had mild pain in his calf, while Sancho also had a hamstring problem. The MU captain also did not want to risk these two players in the match against Aston Villa.

MU made a total of 5 changes from the squad that lost to Wolverhampton last week. Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Rashford started.

Captain Harry Maguire is still absent due to a rib problem, but coach Rangnick expects the 1993-born player to return this weekend in a rematch with Aston Villa itself in the framework of round 21 of the Premier League. Brother.

Before the match against Aston Villa, coach Rangnick announced that MU would try to gain control of the game. However, the happenings at Old Trafford in 90 minutes were not as calculated by the host.

The “Red Devils” were inferior to Aston Villa’s pressing ability and had to defend deeply for most of the match. VAR and David De Gea’s focus kept the hosts from conceding a goal.

A tough victory over Aston Villa helps MU enter the fourth round of the FA Cup. The next opponent of the Old Trafford team will be Middlesbrough.