Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to his substitution in Manchester United’s win at Brentford wasn’t the first time the forward has been seen throwing a strop after being withdrawn
Manchester United’s Premier League win at Brentford helped them reignite their battle for a top-four spot, but Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s reaction to being substituted dominated the discussion after the victory.
Ronaldo was withdrawn 20 minutes from time, having drawn a blank in front of goal for the second successive game, and was visibly frustrated as he took his place on the bench.
His reactions haven’t always been received badly, though, with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson making his feelings known regarding one of the more notable strops.
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Towards the end of Ronaldo’s first Old Trafford spell, the forward was withdrawn less than an hour into the Manchester Derby.
He had scored United’s opener, beating Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given with a deflected free-kick before Carlos Tevez secured a 2-0 victory, but was protected by Ferguson amid a busy May schedule.
The player didn’t take too kindly to the decision, showing his frustration as he left the field, but Ferguson was notably calm about the situation.
“It is great that he wanted to play on. It is fabulous. But I have to look at the big picture,” the boss explained at the time.
“He produced an incredible performance against Arsenal on Tuesday. He ran his socks off. Now I have Wednesday and Saturday to look after. There is no problem.”
The Arsenal game in question was the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, in which Ronaldo scored twice in a 3-1 away win, and Ferguson recognised the player’s importance for the weeks ahead.
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“I said I had to take the decision for the team, for the club. Maybe in a few years when he is a coach he will understand,” Rangnick said.
“That is normal – a striker wants to score – but he has come back from a little injury and it was important to remember we have got another game coming up.
“Also after what happened at Villa Park, we had to defend the lead this time and it was important that we went back to a back five and while we didn’t keep the clean sheet it was important to make sure nothing else happened.”