Manchester United’s squad have been given two days off following the humbling defeat against Wolves on Monday night, as per the Athletic.
They report that Ralf Rangnick does not want his players back at Carrington until Thursday, but Cristiano Ronaldo has been doing extra training during the time off.
Ronaldo was named captain in the absence of Harry Maguire against Wolves but unable to get into the game, having just one shot on target on the night.
He uploaded a photo of himself working out on an exercise bike ahead of United’s next game, at home to Aston Villa on Monday night.
Ronaldo’s work ethic and attitude is well-known and one of the main reasons he has become one of the best players in the world.
He has recently drawn criticism from Gary Neville for his body language in the recent draw with Newcastle, but is seemingly leading by example in terms of trying to work hard in training to get United’s season back on track.
Some may question the wisdom of giving the squad two days off when the time could have been spent on the training pitch getting Rangnick’s ideas across.
The German’s training time with his squad has been limited by the enforced closure of the training ground after the Covid outbreak.
So it might have been expected that Rangnick would make the most of the full week in training to recover from his first defeat as United boss.
United’s schedule is not impacted by travel to and from either Monday match, with the games against Wolves and Villa taking place at Old Trafford.
But Rangnick clearly feels that a break and a bit of time away from the training ground is for the best. He will hope to see the benefit against Villa in the FA Cup third round.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the squad a week off during the international break when he came under pressure but what followed was the dire performance against Watford which led to his sacking.
Rangnick’s plight is not that desperate yet, but he has opted for days off rather than an intense schedule to rectify the poor performances. That represents a gamble in the circumstances, and Ronaldo has taken it upon himself to do a session despite given the time off.
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