'Doesn't add up' – Man Utd legend Roy Keane blasts Cristiano Ronaldo injury claims and hints at unrest behind the scenes
6th March 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Roy Keane believes that Cristiano Ronaldo's injury keeping him out of today's derby 'doesn't add up'.

Ronaldo, 37, misses out due to a hip issue, boss Ralf Rangnick hasn't confirmed.

But Keane, 50, isn't convinced.

Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of today's match, the Irishman said: "I don't like it when the manager talks about this 'hip flexor' – I don't get it.

"We talk about Ronaldo being a machine, very rarely injured then every now and again he comes out with 'hip flexor' it doesn't add up to me."

Man United stars were left stunned when Ronaldo didn't show up to The Lowry Hotel to join up with the team last night.

After being ruled out of the match, CR7 opted not to join up with his team-mates.

With Edinson Cavani also missing, Rangnick attempted to explain his two most senior forwards' absences prior to the match.

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He said: "Edi trained well last three days but at the end he didn't feel quite well enough to be able to play.

"Cristiano had some problems with his hip flexor on Friday and since then didn't play."

Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 23 Premier League appearances this term.

And United legend Gary Neville doesn't believe that he is much of a miss for today's Manchester derby.

He told Sky Sports: "United over the last three or four years, particularly under Ole [Gunner Solskjaer] were a counter attack team.

"[They were] really comfortable sitting back, punching out through [Marcus] Rashford and others on the break.

"And I think that will be exactly the same today, and actually Cristiano not being in the team, I could never say it's a positive, but actually I don't see it as the big loss that I might do in other games."

The Red Devils are also without Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane due to Covid-19.

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