Cristiano Ronaldo was absent for the Manchester derby game at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
There have been reports that Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the game wasn’t due to injuries.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister has further fuelled the speculation that the Manchester United forward was not injured for the derby clash against Manchester City on Sunday.
Ronaldo had been training with the team, and Rangnick during his press conference on Friday claimed that the club legend will be available for the City game.
However, the 37-year-old was not spotted with the rest of his teammates at their hotel on Saturday evening.
Rangnick on Sunday claimed that Ronaldo was absent for the game against City due to injury.
A popular Ronaldo fan account on Instagram alleged that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was fully fit and was left out by Ralf Rangnick for other reasons.
Interestingly, the post was liked by Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro.
The post read: “Cristiano Ronaldo is not injured and he is not ill. The man is 100 per cent.
“Good morning to you who, like me, are sad and angry because Rangnick decided to ruin our Sunday by taking CR7 out of the derby against Manchester City simply for tactical reasons, to defend himself more in the game.”
To add more to the twist, Rangnick said before the game that Ronaldo’s absence wasn’t a big miss and that Marcus Rashford will be a better fit for this game.
“Manchester United will be playing on the counter attack,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“United over the last three or four years, particularly under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], were a counter-attack team.
“They were really comfortable sitting back, punching out through [Marcus] Rashford and others on the break and I think that will be exactly the same today.
“Actually [with] Ronaldo not being in the team, I can never say it’s a positive, but I actually don’t see it as a big loss as I might do with other games because I think on the counter-attack United need to be dangerous today, and they’re better off with Rashford up front counter-attacking than they would be with Cristiano.”