By Maria Mark
As Manchester United conducted another training session at Carrington in preparation for the match against West Ham, Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to be in excellent spirits.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo has gained attention in recent days following his exclusion from the matchday squad against Chelsea due to his refusal to use the substitutes before scoring upon his return to the team. That goal was scored on Thursday night at Old Trafford in a victory over FC Sheriff, who were repeatedly routed.
When United and the Hammers play in the Premier League on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at the same location, things might be a little more challenging. The Manchester Evening News saw the following four things as Ronaldo and his teammates proceeded to get ready for the game.
Maguire and Garnacho share a moment.
As Ronaldo enters the latter stages of his career, fans are preparing for his second exit from the team. Alejandro Garnacho, a rising star from Argentina, is yet showing every indication of a promising future. Harry Maguire hugged the child in what appeared to be a sweet moment together after the teenager mixed it up with his idol Ronaldo when he made his full debut on Thursday night.
Death, taxes, and a Ronaldo goal. Nothing is more certain than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner putting the ball in the back of the net when given the chance, even in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding his future at United. During this most recent Carrington session, Ronaldo was seen grinning widely. Hope it continues.
Maguire focused and prepared to begin?
Raphael Varane’s injury was a major loss for United because of the outstanding defensive relationship he formed with summer signing Lisandro Martinez. However, this setback gives Maguire or Victor Lindelof the chance to build a claim. On Thursday, Lindelof took the field as Maguire sat on the sidelines for 45 minutes. Was that a tiny indication about his Sunday afternoon team selection plans, or did Ten Hag pull a double bluff?
Donny van de Beek deserves a moment or two of your attention. The former Ajax playmaker, who was hardly utilised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick, would have been eager to convince mentor Ten Hag of his value when he was appointed this summer. He hasn’t been able to do that yet this season due to a bothersome injury, but it was great to see him back on the field against FC Sheriff, and Van de Beek looked as sharp as ever in this video.