Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of Manchester derby against City 

Sunday, March 6th, 2022 15:50 | By
Cristiano to leave Man Utd with immediate effect
Cristiano Ronaldo during his first game of the season against Newcastle United: PHOTO/COURTESY

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of the club's local derby with Manchester City this afternoon.

It is also understood that Edinson Cavani is not part of the matchday squad either, leaving Ralf Rangnick's side very light on options upfront.

Marcus Rashford is expected to be deployed down the middle due to the lack of options unless the United boss goes for Bruno Fernandes as a false nine.

The 37-year-old is United's top scorer this season with 15 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions.

Only one of those goals, however, has come in 2022. In his last 10 matches, Ronaldo has scored just once - a well-taken effort from distance in the 2-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion on February 15.

Rashford will be given his chance to shine down the middle with both Ronaldo and Cavani out, according to The Athletic.

The England international has not scored since the 1-0 win over West Ham United on January 22 but Rangnick insisted the 24-year-old has 'abundant talent'.

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