Ronaldo won't face Man Utd, confirms Ancelotti

The 29-year-old has been struggling with fitness in the past few months and his coach has revealed that he will not be playing his former club on Saturday


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will not face his former club Manchester United on Saturday, his coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

The Portuguese, who won 2014’s Goal 50 on Monday, has been training with the Blancos squad in pre-season and there were suspicions he could be fit enough to face the Red Devils in the International Champions Cup clash this weekend.

However, Ancelotti has poured cold water on the notion by insisting that the 29-year-old, who has been struggling with fitness since April and did not look fully fit at the World Cup, would stay on the sidelines in the tie with Louis van Gaal’s men.

“Ronaldo is working hard but we won’t put him out tomorrow against Man Utd,” the former Paris Saint-Germain trainer told reporters.

Ronaldo missed much of the end of Madrid’s 2013-14 campaign, including the Copa del Rey final, but did come back in the Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid to help them to extra-time Decima glory.

Portugal revealed that their captain had tendinitis ahead of the World Cup in Brazil and he failed to shine as his team crashed out at the group stage.

Real Madrid’s clash with Man Utd kicks off just after 10:00CET on Saturday.

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