Injury expert reveals the truth about exhausted Ronaldo and Man United issues 'people don't understand'
Cristiano Ronaldo may have been omitted from the Man United starting XI on Saturday as he is in the “red zone” and at risk of injury.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
United were held 1-1 by Everton at Old Trafford on 2 October, and 36-year-old Ronaldo was introduced from the bench with half an hour to play.
Asked by BBC Sport why Ronaldo did not start, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replied: “We understand more than the experts and journalists.”
The legendary marksman scored a dramatic late winner in the Champions League clash with Villareal four days earlier.
Dinnery claims it is no surprise to see Solskjaer’s cautious approach given Ronaldo’s exertions in Europe.
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“It’s difficult because we look at Ronaldo and he is a supreme athlete,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“His diet’s impeccable and he trains extremely hard, but the guy is 36 years of age.
“United had been in a high-octane, highly-charged environment in the late win over Villareal.
“So there was the physical impact of that game but there’s a psychological impact also.
“Ole was right when he said people outside the club don’t really understand.
“Internally, players’ metrics will be managed. They’ll go over all the data and see where, not just Ronaldo, but all the players are at.
“He could have been flagged in that red zone where they are at increased risk of picking up an injury if his levels have just dropped ever so slightly.
“Ole is under pressure at every turn and the decision to drop Ronaldo would not be made lightly.”