Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick explains Cristiano Ronaldo absence for Aston Villa tie

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has explained his decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad for Monday night’s FA Cup clash with Aston Villa. The Red Devils go into the game looking to bounce back after losing to Wolves last time out. However, their No 7 won’t be taking to the field at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United have gone strong for tonight’s match with Aston Villa as they look to book a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

David De Gea starts in goal, with Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw starting either side of Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.

In midfield, the Red Devils have gone with Fred and Scott McTominay – with Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood then deployed further ahead.

And, up top, Marcus Rashford partners Edinson Cavani as the England international looks get back to his blockbuster best.

One of the biggest talking points, however, is the decision to leave Ronaldo out of the squad – with the Portugal international not even put on the bench. 

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Rangnick also revealed Phil Jones was injured again, too.

The former Blackburn Rovers star was the best United player on the pitch as they lost 1-0 to Wolves last Monday, with Joao Moutinho scoring the winner.

Jadon Sancho is absent from the squad, too.

And Rangnick confirmed the Borussia Dortmund star was left out of the squad due to feelings of tightness in his hamstring.

United desperately need to win to lift some of the doom and gloom mood engulfing the club at present. 

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