Amid rumours Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick has explained why the forward did not play in the Red Devils' 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night.
The 36-year-old was among a few notable absentees for the English giants for their cup tie against the Villans, amid suggestions he is not entirely pleased with his situation in England.
A report this week claimed Ronaldo has spoken to his agent Jorge Mendes about potentially leaving United at the end of the season should matters fail to improve under interim manager Rangnick.
The German boss, however, assured supporters the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was feeling some muscle discomfort and therefore decided to rest him for the clash.
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"I spoke with Cristiano yesterday before training, he told me that he’s had some problems for the last couple of days," he said, according to the club's website.
"Minor problems, but in the end, we decided that it made more sense to not take any risks in a game that could easily last 120 minutes, so we just decided to rest him, not play him at all.
"I suppose he will be in the stadium but he had some problems with his hip, with his hip muscle, and we just decided that it would be better for him not to play this game.
"I don't think it's anything serious. He's told me that he's had that problem for the last couple of days. Again, in a cup game when you can play 120 minutes, I thought it would be better to not take any risks."
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