Manchester United coach Ralph Rangnick confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury by speaking at the post-match press conference.
Manchester City had scored a four-goal victory over Manchester United in a match in which the heavenly team excelled.
After the match, the German coach talked about some things about the derby, most notably Ronaldo’s sudden absence from the team’s squad.
What did Ralph Rangnick say?
On Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury, Ralph said: “I have to believe my medical team. The doctor came to visit me and told me on Friday morning before training that Ronaldo would not be able to be there because he had some knee pain, which was also repeated on Saturday.”
On his team’s performance in the match, he explained: “I think we did well in the first half tactically, and we could have scored more goals, but in the end it is clear that they deserved to win and now we have to look forward.”
On his question about the reason for starting with Bruno Fernandes in the center of the striker, he added: “We have many strikers and the question was whether we play with a striker like Marcus Rashford or a fake striker like Bruno and we have another midfielder on the field.”
He continued, “It was clear that they would always try to create a numerical advantage in the middle of the field, which is why I decided to play with a fake striker.”
And about Cavani’s situation, he added: “What would it help if I told you it’s frustrating? It’s the truth. If players tell doctors that they are not fit and can’t play, I have to accept that.”
He concluded: “Cavani trained well in the past three days, but he still feels after those three training sessions that he is not fit to play, and as a coach, I cannot force the player if he is not ready to participate.”
It is worth noting that Manchester United will face Tottenham in the 29th round of the English Premier League next Saturday.
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