Cristiano Ronaldo working out at home after Manchester United game postponed – Update News Sport

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Manchester United’s match with Brentford may have been postponed on Tuesday night, but Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t used it as an excuse to take any time off.

United should have been preparing for a night of Premier League action against the division’s newcomers Brentford, but the match was postponed on Monday night with less than 24 hours to go before kick-off.

The match was called off due to a Covid-19 breakout at United, which saw first-team operations at their Carrington training complex closed for 24 hours on Monday after a number of players and staff returned positive lateral flow tests.

The Manchester Evening News is aware of at least four positive cases but the club has declined to specify how many players and members of staff have tested positive.

With the squad’s usual schedule of training and a match thrown into disarray, they could be forgiven for taking a rare opportunity to put their feet up.

Yet there is absolutely no chance of that happening with Ronaldo who, instead of taking it easy, posted a video of himself to Instagram keeping his fitness up by working on his cardio.

The Portuguese was put through his paces on the treadmill and on an exercise bike as he made up for the lack of on-field action.

A new date for the Brentford fixture is yet to be announced.

Lingard will be one of the main topics of focus when it comes to Man Utd transfer news next month. Last winter, he revived his career by leaving for West Ham on loan. But after returning to his parent club this season, he has been back on the fringes.

During his West Ham stint, the attacking midfielder scored nine goals from 16 appearances. Since his Old Trafford return, he has scored two from 12 – only two of which have been starts. He is yet to feature from the first minute of a Premier League match this term.

It has been a struggle for Lingard, who would have been hoping to kick on from his end-of-season renaissance. Instead, he has been stagnating again.

Now, he faces a critical decision about his future. In January, by which time he will be 29 years old, he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.

Alternatively, he could try to sign for another English side six months before the end of his contract. But according to the MEN, Man Utd do not expect him to be on the move in the winter.

Although they “would prefer” to sell Lingard for a small fee in January, the England international is “planning on seeing out the season” with his current club.

There is no chance of a new contract after discussions came to a halt last month. Lingard is not happy about his lack of gametime, so wants to move on.

But if he waits until the summer, he will have his pick of clubs able to sign him without a transfer fee.

A return to West Ham has been speculated after he became a popular figure there during his six-month spell. There have also been rumours of a move to newly-rich Newcastle.

Newcastle likely to be busiest during an unusually-hectic January transfer window

Lingard waiting for Rangnick chance
For now, though, Lingard will be hoping his fortunes improve under Ralf Rangnick so he can end his Man Utd career on a high note.

Lingard opted to stay in Manchester in the summer after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised him more opportunities. They ultimately did not arrive, leaving the Warrington-born ace

There is a chance Rangnick may utilise him more while serving as interim manager until the end of the season. But by then, while the German will be staying with the club in a consultancy role, Lingard may be ready to move on.

The report adds that Juan Mata, another attacking midfielder out of contract in 2022, would be open to leaving in January. What the future holds for Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani remains unclear.

Rangnick has admitted that some of his players may want to leave on loan in the winter. However, he is still assessing the squad.

“It’s still too early to speak about what might happen in the winter transfer window,” he said on Friday.

“If I look at the number of players we have, it’s still a big squad. We definitely do not have not enough players.

“We need to make sure that players want to stay here. If they see not getting enough game time here, it might make sense to speak individually with the players to see if a loan deal might make sense. But right now, it’s still too early to speak about that.”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have contested the Ballon d’Or awards for more than a decade now, with the Manchester United forward winning five.

Messi has seven, even though his recent win was highly controversial. The one year neither player won was 2018, when the award went to Croatia midfielder Luka Modric.

As usual, not everybody was happy with this decision, and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was one of those who felt it should have gone elsewhere.

Manchester United take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 after Monday’s re-draw. This pits Simeone up against Varane again.

Speaking in 2018 via Goal, Simeone said: “Everyone can choose who he thinks is the most appropriate. We congratulate Modric; he had a very good season. For me, the best were Varane and Griezmann.”

Simeone was speaking in a year in which Varane won the Champions League with Real Madrid and the World Cup with France.

Varane left Real for Manchester United in the summer after a decade at Real Madrid, in which he had numerous deals with Simeone’s Atletico.

In his 25 matches against Atletico, Varane has 10 wins, 8 draws, and 7 defeats, and has never scored, or been sent off against them.

Varane has been out injured for the past two months, although is on the verge of a return after being pictured in training last week.

While there is an outside chance he features against Brighton at the weekend if the game is on, a more likely return date is against Newcastle United on December 27, a side he has already faced once in a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford in early September.

The Frenchman has played nine games for Manchester United since joining, helping to keep two clean sheets during those appearances.

United’s defence has shown recent improvement under Ralf Rangnick, with back to back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time this season.

By time the Champions League ties with Atletico Madrid come around, Varane is expected to be United’s clear first choice, and the debate will turn to who should partner him. All the defender needs to do is stay injury free.

Varane’s history with Diego Simeone has not always been pleasant. The pair had to be separated during the 2014 Champions League final.

Simeone took exception to Real celebrating the fourth extra-time goal and chased Varane down to make his views clear.

Ronaldo leading United has the potential to spark more fireworks against Atletico, and Varane won’t be far away.

It has been revealed that Manchester United star Anthony Martial wants to leave Old Trafford in pursuit for more game time, and the Frenchman may have the option of Atletico Madrid as a potential suitor.

Martial’s representative, Philippe Lamboley, told has told Sky Sports that “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January”, due to his lack of playing time at United this season.

The Frenchman is contracted at United until 2024 but Martial wishes to consider his options when the transfer window reopens next month.

And he may already have a potential destination, and it could play into United’s hands too.

Martial is extremely keen on a January exit, as his agent also said: “He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

New interim boss Ralf Rangnick didn’t appear to be too happy with the news, and insisted that Martial should speak to him and the club if he wants to leave, but the German may be tempted to explore one option in January.

According to Eurosport, Atletico Madrid are planning to explore the possibility of an exchange deal with United for Martial, and will reach out towards the end of the month to discover more about the Frenchman’s situation.

The report also goes on to suggest that if there are any Atleti players that United would be keen on taking in exchange, then a deal is increasingly likely with interest in some Atleti stars previously documented as recently as this summer.

United were linked with a move for Kieran Trippier, but a deal never materialised, but it remains to be seen who Atleti would be keen on letting go, with Rangnick likely to favour another attacker as an instant replacement for Martial.

However, the midfield is also a problem area for United, and defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has previously been on their radar.

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