As confirmed by Sky Sports and the Manchester Evening News, Cristiano Ronaldo has missed the Manchester City clash through a hip flexor injury.
The 37-year-old also missed two games last month because of the same reason and had to be driven home from training on Friday as a result.
It remains to be seen how long the Manchester United forward takes to recover, with big games against Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid coming up.
In his post-match interview, Ralf Rangnick told reporters: “We played a good, decent first half, were competitive.”
“Second half from the very moment they scored the third, it was a very difficult game against the best team in the world on the ball.
“Everybody knows how good Man City are, one of the top teams in the world. There is a gap [between the two sides] and it became more obvious in the second half.”
With Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani ruled out, Man United’s attack failed to ever truly get off. The fact that we had an xG (expected goals) of 0.00 in the second half says it all.
The result leaves United outside the top four, with Arsenal moving ahead after beating Watford. The Gunners also have a couple of games in hand.