Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after his tantrum in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday night. The Red Devils star wa
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after his tantrum in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday night. The Red Devils star was furious at being substituted with around 20 minutes left on the clock. Yet while he was unhappy, his team-mates were delighted as they returned to winning ways in the Premier League.
Manchester United were dire in the first half against Brentford, relying on David De Gea to keep the scores level as the home side threatened their goal.
But the Red Devils were drastically improved in the second half, much to Rangnick’s delight.
Anthony Elanga broke the deadlock, with the young Swede heading home after some neat control in the build-up.
Mason Greenwood then doubled United’s lead from close range, while Marcus Rashford was on target before Brentford pulled one back through Ivan Toney.
Ronaldo was hooked in the 70th minute and the 36-year-old bristled with anger upon coming off.
The Portugal international was seen muttering to himself and spat his chewing gum out on the touchline, before then appearing to accept the decision.
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“I know how goal-scoring players think and how they tick, but I have to make my decisions in the interest of the team. I have no issue whatsoever with Cristiano.
“I told him [Ronaldo] we were 2-0 up, and we have to learn lessons from Villa Park. After that game, I was angry with myself for not changing to a back five.
“Today was exactly the same situation, 2-0 with 15 left and I did not want to make the same mistake again.”
Ronaldo has, however, been branded ‘out of order’ by talkSPORT pundit Andy Townsend.
“We can see Rangnick talking to Cristiano Ronaldo, trying to keep him on side a little bit – Ronaldo didn’t look like he was having too much of it,” he said.
“I’m surprised at Ronaldo, I really am. I think he should be better than that.
“It’s not just about him, it is most of the time but it shouldn’t always be. Tonight, it’s about getting the job done, getting the three points.”
He then added: “That’s out of order. Rangnick should dig him out on that after the game, he should if he’s got enough about him. He won’t do it but he should.
“Or one of the players should, it would hurt Ronaldo far more if one of the boys said something to him. Raphael Varane could do it, Bruno Fernandes could do it…”
Rangnick, meanwhile, also expressed a belief his decision to take Ronaldo off was the ‘right decision’.
“Okay, it is normal,” he said.
“As a striker, he wants to score goals.
“He came back from a little injury so for me it was important to bear in mind we have another game in three days time.
“On the other hand, we were two-nil up, the same result we had at Villa Park and I decided to make sure we defend that lead this time.
“I think it was the right decision to switch to a back five.
“We scored the third goal and then in the end, we would have wanted to keep a clean sheet and unfortunately we didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet, but at least we made sure nothing happened anymore.”