Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was a major doubt against Crystal Palace but ultimately made interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s starting line-up.
Sources at United suggested Ronaldo may have hurt his knee doing his trademark ‘siu’ celebration after scoring the winning penalty during Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
There have been fears Ronaldo would struggle to fit into Rangnick’s high-pressing Gegenpressing style but the new boss vowed to deploy him up front.
The German head coach said: “You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa.
“Having seen Cristiano against Arsenal in the second half at the age of 36, he is an amazing top professional.
“At his age, I’ve never seen a player who is still that physically fit. He’s still a player who can easily make the difference.
“So yes, it’s about how we can develop the whole team, not only Cristiano. We play in the most competitive league in the world so we need all the players on board.
“What I saw from Cristiano, he is more than willing to do that, to put his input into the team. His team-mates will have to do the same”