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Fresh Cristiano Ronaldo concern revealed ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with West Ham

Fresh Cristiano Ronaldo concern revealed ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with West Ham

Manchester United head into a critical weekend clash at Old Trafford against West Ham United with a top-four six-pointer on the cards in the northwest of England, but the Red Devils may be without their most prized asset for the showdown with the Hammers.

As reported by the club’s official website after interim manager Ralf Rangnick gave his pre-match press conference, star United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is a question mark in the run-up to the key clash with Champions League football at stake.

“Cristiano is a question mark because he has a problem with his neck” Rangnick stated during an interview with MUTV while giving further clarification regarding the pathway to the weekend; “He received treatment yesterday for two, three hours and we will have to wait to see how he feels today.”

Should the Portuguese football icon be unavailable for selection in the matchday XI, Rangnick may well turn to Marcus Rashford to lead the line in Ronaldo’s stead after the England international came off the bench and scored in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday, which also leaves a pathway for Swedish youngster Anthony Elanga to keep his place on the left flank once again.

Manchester United in touching distance of Champions League place

A credible win against Brentford in midweek may have shown that Manchester United are still not performing at their best across a full 90-minutes, but remain capable of getting results as they are now within just two points of Saturday’s opponents in David Moyes’ West Ham.

Fresh Cristiano Ronaldo concern revealed ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with West Ham

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Ralf Rangnick the interim / caretaker manager / head coach of Manchester United and Diogo Dalot of Manchester United at full time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on December 5, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Much of their chance of climbing into the critical final Champions League place rests on how bitter north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham get on against Burnley and Chelsea respectively, but the most important factor is if United can stand against the considerable test that the Hammers can bring to bear both home and away.

And with just one loss in their last six Premier League matches, the Red Devils are but a few positive results away from putting themselves into a position where they must – once again – be viewed as serious contenders for the top-four come the end of the 2021-22 league campaign.

This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 36 11 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -3 50
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12 Aston Villa 35 -1 43
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17 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
18 Leeds United 36 -38 34
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
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Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
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