Ronaldo cites ‘heat of moment’ after left off Manchester United squad
David Moyes: It wasn’t the first time Ronaldo had been left out of the squad
David Moyes has admitted Manchester United must be patient with their talismanic stars, after Manchester City’s interest in Andres Iniesta triggered an angry response from the Welshman.
While his own future remains the biggest question, Ronaldo has been left out of United’s squad for the past couple of weeks due to a series of injuries, including a serious knee injury in the winter.
With manager Moyes admitting the club will have to wait to see how far a fit and confident Ronaldo can recover from injury before deciding on his future, he was asked about his thoughts on the issue.
“I think it’s a good thing the player is not on the squad because, look, I’ll miss him,” Moyes said. “It’s up to the manager to make his choice, and you’ve got to be patient with the players.
“In times of good form, we’ve had to take guys out. Sometimes it’s a real chance to get players back, and you might not be able to pick them, but I guess you’ve got to have that situation in the squad where you don’t know whether those players will be, because it’s difficult to know that until you do it.
“With the players we have on the squad, I know we haven’t got everybody back, but we’ve got some players who have made good returns. Ronaldo, for example, has made good returns. The others I’m not sure about.”
Although he said he wanted the United squad to remain unchanged for the rest of the season, with Ryan Giggs still suspended and Wayne Rooney on the sidelines, he admitted there was no guarantee they would remain the same line-up for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Munich, Germany on June 1.
Iniesta, David Silva, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera were all left out of the starting XI