Manchester United manager Rangnick has warned Cristiano Ronaldo after an angry reaction to substitution.
Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his displeasure after being substituted during United’s Premier League victory over Brentford, and Ralf Rangnick has responded.
And Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has warned Cristiano Ronaldo that the team has to come first.
As Rangnick sought to preserve his team’s advantage, Ronaldo was replaced for the final 20 minutes of the game at the Brentford Community Stadium by Harry Maguire.
The interim manager was eager to downplay the significance of Ronaldo’s reaction when the 36-year-old made his displeasure known, but concerns remain in the wake of the event.
When challenged about the situation again in the days leading up to United’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Old Trafford, he reiterated his stance while issuing a warning to one of his senior players.
“Well, I don’t believe we should make too much of that,” Rangnick remarked, reminding the player that his replacement was done with the purpose of ensuring his team took all three points home.
“On behalf of myself and my coaching staff, I can only speak for ourselves. I told him about it during the game, and we had a brief discussion after we scored the third goal. I told him exactly what I said during our press conference.
“The job of a football manager is to help the team win the game and it was clear from our experience at Villa Park that this time we have to do things better. We did it better and the only question was, who do we take off?”
He had earlier revealed he “never had any issue” with Ronaldo, telling BBC Sport : “I said, ‘Listen, Cristiano, you are 36 and in great shape, but when you are a head coach, you will see it through the glasses of a head coach.”