Liga - Ronaldo to miss meeting with former club United

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face old club Manchester United after being ruled out of Real Madrid’s friendly in Michigan.

Liga - Ronaldo to miss meeting with former club United

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Cristiano Ronaldo

The two European giants will battle in pre-season action in front of 109,000 fans at Michigan Stadium, but Ronaldo lacks match fitness and will not play.

Real Madrid on Friday evening announced an otherwise strong line-up for the contest as follows:

Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Carvajal; Illarra, Alonso, Modric; Bale, Isco.

Ronaldo has joined up with Real in Michigan but will not play against his old club on Saturday.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said: “He has been working individually, separate from the team, but he will not play tomorrow and will train when back at Madrid because we will use him in the Super Cup.

“The plan for Cristiano was right. We gave him one month of rest and started back on July 26, but he needs to recover completely and for this reason we don’t want to take a risk tomorrow.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti continued: “It’s never a friendly against Man Utd.

“It is a fantastic team in a fantastic stadium, but it is the last game of our tour and we want to finish well.

“We need to play a good game tomorrow because we play a fantastic team.

“I am not surprised by the crowd. The people here have a fantastic culture, they support our team and soccer is improving really quickly in the USA.”

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