Erik ten Hag explains why Cristiano Ronaldo misses Manchester United's Carabao Cup clash vs Aston Villa
Erik ten Hag has explained why Cristiano Ronaldo misses Manchester United’s Carabao Cup clash vs Aston Villa tonight at Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old hasn’t played in the League Cup for over 13 years and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s wait to feature in the domestic cup competition will go on.
Ten Hag revealed that United’s number seven is missing tonight’s clash against the Villains due to illness.
Ten Hag told MUTV: “Jadon [Sancho] ill, Cristiano ill, Antony injured.”
Ronaldo dropping out of the side is one of seven changes the former Ajax manager has made to the starting line-up that lost 3-1 to Unai Emery’s side at Villa Park on Sunday.
Martin Dubravka comes into the side to make his Manchester United debut having joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan from Newcastle United in the summer.
Speaking on the Slovakian international’s inclusion in the line-up, Ten Hag said: “He’s experienced. He’s played so many games in the Premier League and for his national team.
“He will be composed and will lead the back four.”
Anthony Martial comes into the side to make just his second start of the season after recovering from a back injury to come off the bench in Sunday’s Premier League defeat to the Villains.
Speaking about the Frenchman’s return, Ten Hag said: “He is [ready to start], of course we are happy with it.
“He’s back, but he needs game practice, it’s clear. He starts the game, we’ll see how far he can go.”
Giving his thoughts on what he wants from his side tonight, the 52-year-old added: “We have to give everything, more than the weekend because that was not good enough.”
The draw for the fourth-round, which United will hopefully be in the hat for, takes place live on Sky Sports following tonight’s last third-round tie.