Ronaldo Set To Feature In Friendly, Amid Uncertainty

He revealed he was back in training on Saturday by posting a picture of himself with several young United players. 

The Manchester United team’s Sunday friendly against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford will feature Cristiano Ronaldo, who resumed training on Saturday. 

The Portuguese forward requests permission from United to leave this summer. 

He also declined to travel with the team on its preseason tour to Thailand and Australia due to personal obligations. 

He revealed he was back in training on Saturday by posting a picture of himself with several young United players. 

Along with a photo of himself and teammates Charlie McNeill, Amad Diallo, Charlie Savage, and Hannibal Mejbri, he wrote, “Working in progress.”

Ronaldo, 37, was left out of United’s squad for Saturday’s friendly with Atletico Madrid in Oslo. 

But speaking after that match, which United lost 1-0, Ten Hag told reporters: “Tomorrow he will be in the squad. We’ll see how long he can play.”

On Friday, Ronaldo suggested he would face La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.

Commenting on a post by a Ronaldo fan page about him missing the game in Norway, he wrote “Domingo, o rei joga”, which translates as “Sunday, the king plays”. 

United said players not in the 21-man travelling squad for the Atletico game – which includes new signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen – “will take part in Sunday’s game against Rayo Vallecano, while others are ill or injured”.

Ronaldo met United manager Erik ten Hag on Tuesday and is understood to have reiterated his desire to leave the Old Trafford outfit. He also missed Wednesday’s match against Wrexham that was held behind closed doors.