CRISTIANO RONALDO put the onus on Ralf Rangnick to select him for Manchester United’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite his agent Jorge Mendes’ best efforts to mediate in the tense talks over Ronaldo’s future at United, the 37-year-old is still angry over his derby axe last Sunday.
As he recovers from a ‘hip flexor injury,’ the superstar trained alone at Carrington, but uploaded a photo of himself with a message for Rangnick ahead of Saturday’s top-four clash.
“Hard work towards a strong recovery,” he posted on Instagram. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the field and contributing to the squad.”
According to Bazzup Sport, Mendes tried to calm Ronaldo down but is losing the battle with the striker who wants to leave this summer.
Instead of staying with his teammates at the team hotel on Saturday night, Ronaldo flew to Portugal.
Rangnick was unaware of his travel, and United had not officially sanctioned it — though the club had no problem with it because Ronaldo was injured and there was no training on Monday.
Aldo is still enraged because Rangnick told him he’d be assigned to the Etihad as a sub. Following that, he complained of a hip ailment and was cut from the team.
However, since that the players are aware of Ron’s unhappiness, there is an unpleasant tension around Carrington.
Rangnick is feverishly trying to unite the camp, and he has allies among the veteran players.
The visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is vital in the race for the final Champions League position.
Against City, Rangnick intended to use midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as false No 9s.
He told Ronaldo that he needed fresh legs on the field and that he could contribute from the bench. However, the enraged Portuguese argued that he could make an immediate impact.
Ronaldo’s advisers have already informed Old Trafford bosses that if the club fails to earn a top-four finish, he would be forced to go.