Former Manchester City star explains why Rangnick dropped Ronaldo against Manchester City

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Former Manchester City star, Trevor Sinclair is of the opinion that United boss Ralf Rangnick may have decided to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United’s squad for their derby clash on Sunday for tactical reasons.

Rangnick had claimed that he dropped Ronaldo due to a hip injury, but Sinclair is of the opinion that Ronaldo may have been targeted by City defenders and made ineffective in the game.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Sinclair revealed his former City teammates used to target the former Real Madrid star to gain an advantage during derby matches.

“We were the underdogs, we were the ones that were trying to level it out a little by getting into them and [putting in] a few rough tackles,” Sinclair said.

“I remember Ronaldo getting sent off twice against Manchester City in the Manchester derby.

“He was one we earmarked before the games, obviously he’s a threat, very dangerous, young player at the time, get into him.

“And if you could leave a little bit on him, leave a little bit on him, and he did and he reacted in a bad way.

“He took two red cards in the Manchester derbies against us, so it certainly worked and it definitely made them a less of a threat without him in their side.”