United star Cristiano Ronaldo pictured relaxing during winter break

With Ralf Rangnick giving his Manchester United players some time off, Cristiano Ronaldo looks to be using the time to recharge his batteries.

The Reds don’t play until 4 February when we host Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth-round.

Following Manchester United’s last-gasp win against West Ham on Saturday, the squad have been pictured all over the globe, utilising the time off in various different ways.

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Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot are out in Dubai doing some warm weather training.

Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire have been pictured hitting the golf course, Bruno Fernandes has attended a music concert, while Brazilian duo Alex Telles and Fred were gaming together, ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.

But whilst enjoying the sun, United’s number seven has uploaded on a story onto his Instagram where he is receiving some physio treatment from massage therapist Javier Santamaria.

United’s game against Chris Wilder’s Boro comes the day before Ronaldo’s 37th birthday.

It will be interesting to see whether Rangnick starts the five-time Ballon d’Or winner against the Championship side, but after 13 days since our last game, Ronaldo will no doubt be chomping at the bit for action.

With no goals from his last three games, the 36-year-old will be hoping to get back on the goalscoring trail once the season resumes.

When United return to action the season will enter its most crucial phase.

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With games against Burnley, Southampton and Leeds to follow the FA Cup tie, United then travel to Spain for the first leg of Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

Then following a clash against Watford, United’s next six games are against Manchester City, Tottenham, Atletico, Liverpool, Leicester and Everton.

That’s when Rangnick and his side will have to step up to the plate. In the midst of those games, Ronaldo, Dalot and Fernandes will have the small matter of ensuring Portugal qualify for this winter’s World Cup, via the play-offs.

United will be hoping that the serial winner Ronaldo hits top form during the crucial run in and continues to come up with the goods in the clutch moments.

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