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Has a Man United teammate unwittingly confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Aston Villa clash?

Has a Man United teammate unwittingly confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Aston Villa clash?

 

The latest Fantasy Premier League efforts of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire spell altogether concerning news for the club’s fanbase.

Villans test

Ralf Rangnick’s men are of course primed to return to action on Saturday evening.

After ousting Aston Villa from the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 triumph earlier this week, the Red Devils are set to face off with Steven Gerrard’s men once more in a little less than 24 hours’ time.

A Premier League meeting on this occasion lies in store, at Villa Park.

Visitors United will head into proceedings aware that nothing but a win will suffice, amid the club’s efforts to keep pace with the top-4 chasing pack.

This comes with the Manchester giants sitting 7th in the English top-flight as things stand, adrift of all of West Ham United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Has a Man United teammate unwittingly confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Aston Villa clash?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Referee, Michael Oliver waits for VAR during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on January 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Maguire drops hint

In turn, it will no doubt come as a concern for all associated with the club to hear that, late on Friday, fears have begun to spread regarding the availability of a key member of Ralf Rangnick’s squad for tomorrow’s clash.

The player in question? Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portuguese international Ronaldo was of course forced to sit out his side’s FA Cup triumph over Villa, owing to a minor hip issue.

Speaking earlier today, though, manager Rangnick appeared to hint that the veteran attacker was primed to return to the fold for United’s return to Premier League action this weekend.

But, late on Friday evening, a teammate of Ronaldo’s at Old Trafford has instead hinted that the Portuguese is in line to miss out once more.

In a piece of activity quickly picked up on by eagle-eyed players of the popular Fantasy Premier League game, Red Devils captain Harry Maguire opted to transfer Ronaldo out of his team, in favour of Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku:

Even more significant is the fact that Maguire’s decision came just 45 minutes prior to the Gameweek deadline, hinting that it was perhaps based on the latest developments at Carrington on Friday evening:

Should the United stopper’s FPL efforts be taken seriously? Or does Maguire simply foresee Lukaku securing a more considerable haul than Ronaldo over the coming double Gameweek?

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
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10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
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