Cristiano Ronaldo reacted poorly to his substitution on Wednesday, though Ralf Rangnick did not seem too concerned.
Ralf Rangnick was not overly concerned about Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to being substituted in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Brentford.
United claimed their first Premier League victory of 2022 on Wednesday, with Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford getting the goals before a late Ivan Toney consolation.
The visitors were fortunate to not trail at the break but produced a hugely improved display in the second half, with Ronaldo playing a part in Greenwood’s goal as he chested the ball into Bruno Fernandes’ path before he squared to the 20-year-old.
Greenwood and Ronaldo were withdrawn nine minutes later, with Rashford and Harry Maguire entering the pitch as Rangnick changed to a back five.
Ronaldo appeared annoyed as he headed off and that displeasure continued to emanate after sitting in the dugout.
The striker was seen seemingly asking Darren Fletcher why they had chosen to withdraw him.
In the aftermath of Rashford’s goal, Rangnick could be seen having a word in Ronaldo’s ear.
The situation appears to be defused.
Rangnick told BT Sport before going on to explain his decision.
“It’s normal, as a striker he wants to score goals.
“He came back from a little injury, so for me, it was also important to bear in mind we also have another game in three days.
“On the other hand, we were 2-0 up, the same score as at Villa Park.
“And I decided to make sure we defended that lead this time.
“And I think it was the right decision to switch to a back five.
“We scored the third goal, we would have wanted to keep the clean sheet.
“But unfortunately we didn’t manage that, but at least we made sure nothing more happened.”
So, what’s next for Manchester United?
Manchester United will be facing West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.
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