In pictures: Brentford v Man Utd
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded ‘out of order’ after his tantrum in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday night. Goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford secured all three points for Ralf Rangnick’s side. However, their No 7 was far from happy after coming off with around 20 minutes left on the clock.
Manchester United went into their match with Brentford seeking a return to winning ways in the Premier League.
With Tottenham beating Leicester, Rangnick knew his side needed a big result to boost their chances of finishing in the top four.
And while United weren’t entirely convincing, once again, they managed to pick up all three points at the Community Stadium.
Elanga broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, with the young Swede continuing his fine form.
Greenwood then struck, with Rashford finding the net after coming on as a substitute before Ivan Toney pulled one back for the home side.
Ronaldo was hooked with United leading 2-0 and the Portugal international was visibly frustrated at being forced off.
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Even at the age of 36 it’s clear he wants to play every minute of every match, especially when he’s failed to get on the scoresheet.
And Andy Townsend has now branded Ronaldo ‘out of order’ for his theatrics, insisting he was ‘surprised’ by the veteran’s behaviour.
“We can see Rangnick talking to Cristiano Ronaldo, trying to keep him on side a little bit – Ronaldo didn’t look like he was having too much of it,” he told talkSPORT on commentary.
“I’m surprised at Ronaldo, I really am. I think he should be better than that.
“It’s not just about him, it is most of the time but it shouldn’t always be.
“Tonight, it’s about getting the job done, getting the three points.”
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He then added: “That’s out of order.
“Rangnick should dig him out on that after the game, he should if he’s got enough about him. He won’t do it but he should.
“Or one of the players should, it would hurt Ronaldo far more if one of the boys said something to him. Raphael Varane could do it, Bruno Fernandes could do it…”
Rangnick refused to back down after the game, insisting he made the right call to take Ronaldo off.
“Okay, it is normal,” he said.
“As a striker, he wants to score goals.
“He came back from a little injury so for me it was important to bear in mind we have another game in three days time.
“On the other hand, we were two-nil up, the same result we had at Villa Park and I decided to make sure we defend that lead this time.
“I think it was the right decision to switch to a back five.
“We scored the third goal and then in the end, we would have wanted to keep a clean sheet and unfortunately we didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet, but at least we made sure nothing happened anymore.”
Rangnick hailed Brentford after the game, believing they gave his side a tough test.
“The way that they played, they were extremely aggressive, extremely proactive and brave, with a lot of physicality,” said the 63-year-old.
“We knew that from the start, of course we saw them play other games at home, it’s not a coincidence they beat teams like Arsenal and dominated them.
“We were fully aware of this, but in the first half we were second best in all aspects.
“In the second half, we had counterattacking situations ourselves and we knew we could make their back three drop back and bring them into one-on-one sprinting duels. We knew that we would be better in those areas of the pitch.”
Bees boss Thomas Frank, meanwhile, said that United were ‘extremely lucky’ to win the game.
“They are unbelievably lucky,” he said.
“I know all the crap about taking chances. They changed the system against little Brentford.
“Fair play to David de Gea, if we get those chances again one will go in the back of the net. Our intensity killed them, we showed that in the first half, we played the Brentford way.
“The way we smashed them in the first half was fantastic, so proud of my team.”
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