Cristiano Ronaldo ‘ignored’ Man Utd team-mates’ wishes to fly out before Man City defeat

“We talk about Ronaldo being almost some short of machine, is very rarely injured, but every now and again he comes out with that. Hip flexor, it doesn’t add up to me.”

However, Rangnick said there was no doubt on his part that Ronaldo was not fit for the match.

Speaking in his post-game press conference, Rangnick said: “I have to believe our medical department.

“Our doctor came to me on Friday morning to say Cristiano couldn’t train because of some problems with his hip flexor and the same on Saturday.”

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By Lewis Winter

Lewis has worked for the Daily Express since 2017 after five years as a football writer for local newspapers. He is a sport journalism graduate from the University of Brighton who specialises in football and cricket.

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