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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is a DOUBT over Man United’s clash with Aston Villa’

Cristiano Ronaldo is in doubt for Manchester United’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday after he reportedly stopped training with a thigh problem.

Ralf Rangnick’s team travels to Villa Park in the Premier League this weekend to take on Steven Gerrard’s big-spending team.

According to The SunRonaldo left United’s training session in Carrington early on Thursday and went home after suffering a thigh problem. The Portuguese attacker was checked by the club’s medical team before returning home.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in doubt for Manchester United's trip to Aston Villa on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo is in doubt for Manchester United’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday

Ronaldo left United training early on Thursday due to a thigh problem

Ronaldo left United training early on Thursday due to a thigh problem

The 36-year-old had to miss Monday’s FA Cup win over Villa with a minor muscle problem, but said earlier this week that he aimed to resume training on Thursday.

He told Premier League Productions: ‘I’m fine. I only have a little contact, but you know, it’s part of my job.

“You know, we have to feel pain sometimes. It’s nothing big and I hope to be well soon.”

When asked if he wants to make the Villa game, he said: “I hope so. We’ll try it on Thursday. I will try to train normally.

‘Let’s see how the body reacts. Fingers crossed. I am sure.’

Ronaldo has had an oxygen chamber installed in his house to help him recover from muscle problems. But he faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to Villa Park.

It comes after Ronaldo launched a scathing attack on his teammates earlier this week, urging them to show more pride in their achievements.

The striker, who feels that his teammates are not as committed to the cause as he is, said: “I say we still have a long way to go because for me the mentality is the most important. To look at yourself and say, “I can do better”.

‘For you to be professional, help the team, the right mentality, self-taught and positive. All these details are up to you, not the coaches, the fans or the press. If you are proud of yourself and have dignity, you should do much more.’

It would be another big blow to Ralf Rangnick and his aim for a top four place

It would be another big blow to Ralf Rangnick and his aim for a top four place

Ronaldo is staying behind after training to work on his fitness, but as Sportsmail revealed, he is stunned that more of his teammates are not doing the same. He also hinted that United’s younger players are not listening to his wise words.

“If I give you advice, even if you’re younger than me, if you don’t implant that in your everyday life, it’s going to be difficult,” he said. “I’ll be number 1 to help. But if you don’t want my help, then do your job, find yourself, do your best to help the team.

“I can talk to that person all day long, but if it doesn’t come from within, it’s impossible. When I was 18, 19, 20, some older players spoke to me, but I said that as, “Cristiano, you have to improve”.

sports post has also learned of an instance where Ronaldo privately complained that he is one of the few United players who goes to the gym to do extra work before and after training at Carrington.

United have fallen to seventh in the Premier League amid concerns over a separation in the dressing rooms, and fans displayed a banner with the lone word ‘standards’ during Monday’s FA Cup win over Aston Villa.

Ronaldo said this week that he believes his teammates are not as committed to the cause as he is

Ronaldo said this week that he believes his teammates are not as committed to the cause as he is

Ronaldo questioned the mindset of United’s players in an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday, hinting that some of them are ignoring his advice.

When asked if a team can succeed without the right mindset, he replied, “Impossible. I think that’s the main point.

“That’s why I say we still have a long way to go, because for me the mentality is the most important. To look at yourself and say, “I can do better”.

‘To be professional, to help the team, to have the right mentality, to be self-taught and positive. I think all these details depend on you, not on the coaches, the fans or the press. If you are proud of yourself and have any dignity, you should do a lot more.”

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