- Cristiano Ronaldo was a notable absentee as Manchester United boarded a plane to London ahead of their game against Brentford on Wednesday, January 19
- The Portugal star had missed Saturday's 2-2 draw against Aston Villa due to a thigh injury
- United are currently battling to secure a top-four birth in the league after struggling for consistency all season
Manchester United top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was conspicuously missing as the Red Devils boarded their flight to London for their Premier League game against Brentford on Wednesday, January 19.
Ronaldo had missed the Red Devil’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa over the weekend with Ralf Rangnick men dropping two vital points after letting a 2 goal lead slip allowing Steven Gerard’s Aston Villa to steal a point.
The 36-year old was in Switzerland 24 hours earlier as he collected a special Fifa award for breaking the all-time international scoring record The Sun reports
Captain Harry Maguire, Donny Van De Beek, Phil Jones, and Jadon Sancho are some of the players who were pictured to have made the trip to London for the crucial game for the Red Devils.
According to a report via the Daily Star, Anthony Elanga who started in Ronaldo's place against Aston Villa will be vying with Marcus Rashford for a spot in the starting line-up against the Bees.
Manager Ralf Ragnick will be sweating on the fitness of his current top scorer as Manchester United keep pushing to secure a top-four position by the end of the season.
The Red Devils were tagged as title contenders at the start of the season but that ambition has been quickly forgotten following a lacklustre campaign that has seen the Old Trafford club currently in 7th position in the league and on their second manager for the season after the firing of Ole Gunner Solksjaer.
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Earlier Sportsbrief reported Jesse Lingard could be leaving Premier League side Manchester United before the end of this month as another English topflight side Newcastle United are interested in signing him on loan.
So far this season in the Premier League, Jesse Lingard has been struggling for first-team show at Manchester United and his current contract will be expiring in the summer.
Source: Sports Brief News