MANCHESTER UNITED arrived at the Hyatt hotel this afternoon ahead of their FA Cup clash with Aston Villa – but Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were nowhere to be spotted.
The Red Devils welcome their fellow Premier League side to Old Trafford this evening for their third-round clash.
Ralf Rangnick's troops arrived at the Hyatt this afternoon hours before they were due to make their way to the Theatre of Dreams.
But club legend Ronaldo and skipper Maguire weren't with their team-mates as they checked into the plush hotel.
Their absences are likely not a cause for concern as neither man are understood to have any injuries.
It's more than likely they're making their own way to the hotel later this afternoon.
United go into their clash with Villa looking to erase the memory of their 1-0 defeat to Wolves last week.
Defeat at Molineux highlighted the magnitude of the job on the hands of caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick.
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And SunSport exclusively revealed the Red Devils' poor form has prompted Ronaldo to have crisis talks with his agent Jorge Mendes.
A source close to the Portuguese said: “Cristiano is very concerned about what is happening at United.
“The team is receiving a lot of criticism and he knows he is regarded as one of the leaders.
“There are quite a lot of problems and Cristiano is feeling the pressure and is very stressed by the situation.
“He desperately wants his United move to be a success, but he is starting to recognise that winning trophies with the current set up could be a real struggle.
“Jorge came to see him and they spent time chatting through how things are going, what they think are the problems, how they might be solved and what the solutions may be.
“Nothing has been ruled out.”
Skipper Maguire has also been frustrated by the team's recent displays and has called for them to kick start a run of good form this evening.
He said: "We are letting the fans down and have to come out fighting.
"This team finished second last year. We've a bigger and better squad this year so we have to show the right attitude.
"We have big players in the team, leaders. I am sick of repeating myself, but it can't continue like this. We need to go on a proper run, starting Monday.
'I've obviously seen a lot of criticism and a lot of it is absolutely correct. From what the fans and ex-players have said, we get it.
"A lot of it is justified and we all have to take massive responsibility, myself as captain as much as anyone, if not more.
"We need to start winning and playing well as a team."
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