Cristiano Ronaldo named captain for Manchester United's game at Aston Villa

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Manchester United against Rayo Vallecano in pre-season.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as captain by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag for Sunday's Premier League clash at Aston Villa.

The Portuguese forward started the season on the bench after missing most of pre-season and was keen to leave the club in the summer.

Ronaldo recently refused to come off the bench for United against Tottenham at Old Trafford and left the stadium early.

He was left out of United's next match by Ten Hag and had to train away from the first team for several days.

However, he has been given the armband for Sunday's game at Villa Park in the absence of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.

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Maguire starts on the bench for United this afternoon, while Fernandes misses out through suspension.

The Portuguese midfielder has been replaced in the XI by Marcus Rashford.

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.