Ronaldo misses United flight
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United jetted out for the Far East - without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a notable absentee as Manchester United jetted out to the Far East for their pre-season tour of Asia.
The Portugal international figured in the friendly win against Peterborough in midweek, scoring twice in a 6-0 rout, but is scheduled to link up with his team-mates a day late.
United explained he missed the flight for Hong Kong due to "family reasons" while captain Roy Keane, Wes Brown and Gabriel Heinze are either injured or resting.
Celta Vigo target Kleberson also boarded the plane despite Sir Alex Ferguson confirming The Red Devils were in discussions regarding a possible move to La Liga.
Several youngsters should get a chance to impress including keeper Luke Steele, defenders Gerard Pique and Phil Bardsley, midfielder David Jones plus exciting striking talent Giuseppe Rossi.
Chinese forward Dong Fangzou is in line to make his United bow during the tour, which opens with a game on Saturday morning against Hong Kong.