Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo roasted for "coward’s challenge" on Kevin De Bruyne

Cristiano Ronaldo got away with a "coward's challenge" late on in Manchester United's 2-0 defeat against Manchester City, according to Trevor Sinclair.

United were outplayed by their neighbours at Old Trafford, falling a goal behind when Eric Bailly turned Joao Cancelo's cross into his own net in the seventh minute.

David de Gea then failed to stop Bernardo Silva's close-range effort from sneaking in at his far post right on the stroke of half-time, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men went in at the break trailing 2-0.

And while they didn't add a third, City toyed with United in a dominant second half, almost playing keep-ball with their arch-rivals as they ran out comfortable victors.

The Red Devils were devoid of all hope and inspiration after the interval, and Ronaldo, who was largely ineffective in the game, took his frustration out on Kevin de Bruyne as the final few minutes played out.

De Bruyne had already been brought down by Bruno Fernandes when the 36-year-old came flying in with a reckless challenge, which earned him a yellow card on the day.

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But Sinclair felt the tackle could have even warranted a sending off, criticising Ronaldo for his act of petulance as United slumped to their fourth defeat of the season.

“That’s a cheap one,” the former City winger told talkSPORT.

“The challenge initially went in from Fernandes, and as he’s down on the floor after being fouled, Ronaldo launches into that.

“I know it’s only one foot, but he’s jumped in with his studs showing. I thought it was a little bit naughty.

“It’s a little bit of frustration, but it’s not OK. I hope De Bruyne is OK because it’s a really poor challenge.

“It’s a coward’s challenge. He’s got away with a couple, the one with Curtis Jones as well.

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“He’s got a temper because he’s a winner. He doesn’t like losing.”

Ronaldo and United must wait to bounce back from Saturday's humbling derby defeat, with an international break in store next week.

A trip to Watford will then be in store for Solskjaer and co on November 20.

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