Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have put his Manchester derby snub behind him, with the star seen in hysterics during training.
The 37-year-old was in good spirits as the Red Devils gear up for their Europa League clash against Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia on Thursday – which is LIVE on talkSPORT 2.
In a video posted online, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed his usual trickery, and can be seen nutmegging fellow teammate and defender Lisandro Martinez.
During a session known as a ‘Rondo’, the Argentine defender was stood in the middle as he tried to win the ball back before Ronaldo stuck it through his legs.
Ronaldo can then be seen breaking out into a huge laughter in what was a very humorous moment.
His mood was certainly a lot different from Sunday, having been left on the bench as United suffered a 6-3 defeat to arch-rivals Man City in the Premier League.
His snub intensified the questions surrounding Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford, with Portugal international linked with a move away from United in the January transfer window.
Ronaldo has started just three of the Red Devils opening nine matches in all competitions, with two of those coming in the Europa League.
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His only goal so far this season came last time out in Europe’s secondary club competition against Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol in a 2-0 victory.
However, manager Erik ten Hag has dismissed the reports over Ronaldo’s United future, insisting he is ‘happy’ at the club and ‘training well’.
Although he did admit CR7 was ‘p***** off’ with being left on the bench against City.
“It was nothing to do with what’s happening for the future, what’s happening for January or next year,” Ten Hag said when asked about why Ronaldo did not play.
“I don’t see he is unhappy, so he is happy. He is training well.
“He’s enjoying, I think everyone is training well. It’s a good spirit in the training.
“He’s not happy that he wasn’t playing Sunday, don’t get me wrong, but that wasn’t the question. The question was about how he is on the training pitch, his mood when he’s around and he’s happy.
“But of course he wants to play and he’s p***** off when he’s not playing. Clear.”
Ten Hag will be keen to see a reaction from his under performing crop of stars at the weekend when they travel to face Everton, but before they they will look to bounce back in the Europa League, where Ronaldo is likely to return to the starting XI.
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