Ronaldo cites ‘heat of moment’ after left off Manchester United squad
Ronaldo: ‘We were out-played in both halves’
Ronaldo was left out of the Manchester United squad against Liverpool on Sunday after he failed a fitness test.
The Portuguese playmaker was left out of the side, which was announced in a team featuring Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the player had to sit out due to a knock last week.
However, Ronaldo appeared to brush off the news, as he sat in at the side of the bench at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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Injured: Ronaldo was left out of the Manchester United squad
Injury time: Ronaldo was pictured on the bench at Old Trafford (left) and then walking to the dressing room (right)
‘In the heat of the moment, I don’t think he wanted to leave, but I told him that it was not a matter of choice,’ said Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Manchester United in January for £80million and has hit 21 goals in 26 games since joining the club in 2013.
‘It’s a football thing,’ he added. ‘Any player can get injured in the heat of the moment.
‘It was not the choice of the manager or anyone else, he was injured and it was his decision.’
Mata says Ronaldo was forced to watch the Champions League final against Chelsea on TV ‘to keep cool’
The Portuguese was left out of the Manchester United squad on Sunday after failing a fitness test
Ronaldo’s appearance comes after United’s players said he was left out of the squad due to a knock
Ronaldo was forced to watch the Champions League final against Chelsea on television to keep cool after the Brazil international was left out of the squad
Ronaldo will be making his much-anticipated return to Old Trafford on Wednesday when United face a West Bromwich Albion side featuring Alexis Sanchez.
The match will be Ronaldo’s first since the United striker broke his leg in March and he will be looking to return to his best form as he looks to help his team finish in the top four.