Cristiano Ronaldo watches Manchester United friendly after Atletico Madrid transfer blow

Cristiano Ronaldo back in training with Manchester United but is kept separate from teammates who went on pre-season tour… yet will Erik ten Hag play wantedaway Portuguese star in Rayo Vallecano friendly on Sunday?

  • Cristiano Ronaldo trained on his second day back at Manchester United
  • Portuguese star missed the club’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia
  • He only returned to Carrington on Tuesday amid doubts over his United future
  • Ronaldo is likely to be kept separate from the main group in training
  • 37-year-old watched behind-closed-doors friendly against Wrexham
  • He was dealt a blow when Atletico Madrid decided against signing him

Cristiano Ronaldo watched his Manchester United teammates take on Wrexham in a training ground friendly – as the wantaway forward’s future remains up in the air.

The 37-year-old forward returned to Carrington for a second day on Wednesday but played no part in the behind-closed-doors match.

Ronaldo returned to the United fold on Tuesday having missed all of the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia having been asked to leave Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo was back at Manchester United's training ground on Wednesday and watched his teammates in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wrexham

Cristiano Ronaldo was back at Manchester United’s training ground on Wednesday and watched his teammates in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wrexham

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Carrington at 10am on Tuesday morning, accompanied by his agent Jorge Mendes in preparation for crunch talks with Man United boss Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Carrington at 10am on Tuesday morning, accompanied by his agent Jorge Mendes in preparation for crunch talks with Man United boss Erik ten Hag

Ronaldo has missed all of the club's pre-season so far after being given compassionate leave and did not travel with the rest of the squad to Thailand and Australia.

Ronaldo has missed all of the club’s pre-season so far after being given compassionate leave and did not travel with the rest of the squad to Thailand and Australia.

New signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen played against the National League side, with the Dane on the scoresheet.

Ronaldo had swept back into United’s training ground in his £168,000 Bentley on Tuesday morning, sitting alongside his agent Jorge Mendes.

He joined manager Erik ten Hag, as well as Martinez and Eriksen, for a debrief of the pre-season trip he played no part in having been excused on compassionate grounds.

Ronaldo underwent some medical tests on Tuesday and is likely to be placed on an individual training program before being reintegrated with the main group.

The situation hasn’t changed, with Ronaldo still wanting to leave United in pursuit of Champions League football this season and the club insisting he is not for sale.

Ronaldo showed off his ripped physique in the gym as he missed United's pre-season tour

Ronaldo showed off his ripped physique in the gym as he missed United’s pre-season tour

And there was a major blow to Ronaldo’s escape act on Tuesday night when Atletico Madrid’s president Enrique Cerezo ruled out any move for the Portuguese star.

Mendes had been trying to engineer a move to Atletico after other European heavyweights including Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain turned down the chance to sign him.

But speaking to Spanish radio, Cerezo said: I don’t know who invented this story about Cristiano Ronaldo to Atletico Madrid. It’s not true.

“It’s practically impossible for him to come to Atletico Madrid.”

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has described the signing of Ronaldo as 'impossible'

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has described the signing of Ronaldo as ‘impossible’

New manager Erik ten Hag gave a debrief of the pre-season tour to Ronaldo on Tuesday

New manager Erik ten Hag gave a debrief of the pre-season tour to Ronaldo on Tuesday

Ronaldo has a year left on his £360,000-a-week contract at United, with the option of another year, and is willing to take a pay cut or a loan move to secure his exit.

United’s sixth-place finish in last season’s Premier League means they will only be competing in the Europa League in the campaign ahead.

On Tuesday, Ronaldo stopped briefly to greet former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, whose presence at Carrington sparked speculation that he had been drafted in to persuade Ronaldo to stay.

But Ferguson was at the training ground for a pre-arranged board meeting and lunch with Richard Arnold, the club’s chief executive, and David Gill, the former CEO.

Ronaldo would have to play catch-up on the training ground to be ready for the new season

Ronaldo would have to play catch-up on the training ground to be ready for the new season

Ronaldo scored 24 times for United last season, including crucial ones in European games

Ronaldo scored 24 times for United last season, including crucial ones in European games

Ronaldo intends to remain professional despite his wish to leave Old Trafford.

He maintained his fitness levels in the gym while away from the pre-season tour but has not been immersed in Ten Hag’s methods and tactics.

That has left him playing catch up with the new season looming. United host Brighton and Hove Albion in their opening Premier League fixture on Sunday August 7.

Ironically, United play Atletico in their penultimate pre-season friendly in Oslo on Saturday, before they host Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday.

In his absence, a revitalized Anthony Martial, who spent the second half of last season out on loan at Sevilla, impressed in the center forward position.

Anthony Martial has impressed in the center forward position during the pre-season tour

Anthony Martial has impressed in the center forward position during the pre-season tour

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