Man United are dealing with a few minor concerns in regards to some first-team players.
Ralf Rangnick ensured Manchester United’s name was in the hat for the FA Cup fourth round with a victory against Aston Villa – during which the result was better than the performance.
At the end of the day, these cup ties are all about progression. Keep winning, in whatever manner, and you’ll lift the trophy. It really is that simple.
Well, for that fixture at Old Trafford last night, there were a few notable absences. Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones were not involved in the match-day squad. Neither was Dean Henderson, though that was for a different reason entirely.
Well before the game, Rangnick would confirm that United are sweating on the fitness of the first-team trio. Those players are all dealing with minor muscular problems, as opposed to actually being injured…
‘I wouldn’t say they are injured but they have muscular problems,’ Rangnick told MUTV, per The Metro, when asked about Jones, Sancho and Ronaldo.
‘I spoke to Cristiano yesterday before training and he said he’d had some problems for the last couple of days, spine minor problems and in the end we decided it would make more sense not to take any risks in a cup game that could last 120 minutes.
‘With Phil Jones, he’s having some minor problems with his calf, in a cup game tonight it doesn’t make any sense.
Take Jones for example. He’s barely played football in two years so his body was always going to feel it after completing his first ninety minutes over such a prolonged period. It’s probably good that he wasn’t thrown straight back into the mix.
Ronaldo is Ronaldo. Rangnick didn’t seem too worried about the Portugal superstar, rather, it would have been needless to risk the GOAT here – particularly when we’ve got some huge league fixtures coming up.
Then we have Sancho. The Englishman has been hit and miss since moving to the Theatre of Dreams. Again, he’s probably just dealing with some tightness in the body after coming through the hectic winter period. Given a day or two of rest and I’m sure the ex-Borussia Dortmund star will be good to go again.
With United taking on Villa again this weekend, this time in the Premier League, I’d imagine that all three can be called upon if absolutely necessary. But let’s wait and see.
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