Brentford – Manchester United 1-3 (0-0)
After a poor first half, Manchester United raised their rhythm in the second half away against Brentford. Two relatively quick goals, just over an hour after the Red Devils match.
First by the young Swedish Anthony Ilanga, and then by the great talent Mason Greenwood. United led 3-0 at Marcus Rashford Stadium, before Brentford and Evan Toni reduced to 1-3 just before the end.
But the talk about the match came after the score 2-0. Then United coach Ralf Rangnick wanted to make a defensive change and depose superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in favor of Harry Maguire.
The Portuguese liked her very much. Ronaldo is clearly not satisfied, walks towards the bench and clearly sits on the stairs.
“Ronaldo is angry because he has been replaced,” BBC reporter Simon Stone said on Twitter.
In TV images, Ronaldo may seem to be asking aloud why Rangnick replaced him.
“Ronaldo continues to sew on the sidelines,” BBC writer Phil McNulty wrote on Twitter.
Many reacted strongly to Ronaldo’s behaviour.
– That’s outrageous. There is no doubt about that. He’s been like this his whole career. It’s a team game but he takes the things he accomplishes and puts them above everything else, says TV 2 expert Erik Thorstvedt in the studio after the match and continues the sermon:
– It just gets worse the worse it gets. It’s nowhere near what it used to be, and then it gets more and more pathetic. He knows the cameras are picking it up. The former Tottenham player concluded that it was not good for team morale.
As journalist Alex Shaw put it on ESPN:
This insignificance of Ronaldo is pathetic. Relax. I was injured in two games and got a chance. write what’s wrong with you?
This rudeness from Ronaldo is pathetic. calm down. I got injured in two games and ran out of you. What the hell happened to you. The most interesting thing is that Rangnick returned Maguire without the captain’s armband. (Maguire was never a United captain)
– Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) Jan 19 2022
Commentator on the same channel, Ian Dark, still thinks this was United’s best night in a long time and asks if it could be a turning point.
Ronaldo seemed to calm down and see the big picture at the end. Dark wrote that it is a good sign that Rangnick is not afraid to make big decisions Twitter.
United boss Rangnick was keen to mitigate the incident.
– it’s normal. As a striker, you will always score goals. He recently came back from injury and we have a game in three days. I wanted to make sure we defended ourselves. He said in the post-match interview that it was the right decision.
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