Cristiano Ronaldo January 22


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Cristiano Ronaldo January 22

Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a sour note on a good night for Manchester United in Wednesday’s win Brentford.

After 70 minutes and with the Red Devils trailing 2-0 in west London, Ralf Rannick replaced the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo shook hands with his manager but was picked up by BT SportsGesture cameras from his perch near the touchline, looking clearly unhappy with his situation before receiving a word in his manager’s ear.

The Portuguese striker had started the game as he sat out the weekend’s game with a hip injury and Rangnick insisted after the game that his decision was the right one.

The German said after the match: “It’s normal, as a striker he wants to score goals and he was coming back from a small injury, so for me it was important to keep in mind that we had another game in three days.

“We were leading 2-0, I decided to make sure we defended better and I think it was the right decision to move to five backs. We scored the third goal and wanted to keep a clean sheet, unfortunately we didn’t make it, but at least we made sure nothing happened.

Former teammate Rio Ferdinand understood Ronaldo’s disappointment but praised Rangnick for his handling of the situation.

“They have a 2-0 lead and he sees a chance to get a few more [goals] to move up the goalscoring ladder,” the former defender told BT Sport.

“You see the disappointment but I thought the manager handled it well, he spoke to him and he talks about the big picture, ‘We have a game in the next three days, you’re going to play – achieve your goals there -low ‘.”

Goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford secured a 3-1 win for United, Ivan Toney winning a late consolation.

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