Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments after Cristiano Ronaldo tantrum
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Cristiano Ronaldo
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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is in the spotlight following his strop against Everton on Saturday. After being left on the bench, the Portugal international stormed down the tunnel after goals from Anthony Martial and Andros Townsend saw the game end in a draw. And it’s not the first time he’s thrown a tantrum on the field of play.
Manchester United decided to gamble on Saturday.
Despite Ronaldo coming to the rescue against Villarreal in midweek, and being on a run of five goals from five matches, the Red Devils decided to give him a breather.
However, they came to regret that decision.
United toiled without Ronaldo and were held to a draw, with Townsend cancelling out Martial’s strike.
After the game, Ronaldo looked furious as he stormed down the tunnel – failing to acknowledge Townsend as he approached him for a chat.
And it’s not the first time the Portugal international has been furious over his role.
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During his maiden spell at Old Trafford, the 36-year-old was substituted during a 2-0 victory over Manchester City.
He opened the scoring that day with a fine free-kick, with Carlos Tevez then notching in the second half.
But then, Ferguson decided to bring him off.
The Scot had big games coming up and his decision angered Ronaldo, who looked distraught as he took his place amongst the substitutes.
Yet instead of criticising the Portugal international for how he behaved, Ferguson highlighted the positives of the situation instead.
“It is great that he wanted to play on,” said Ferguson.
“It is fabulous. But I have to look at the big picture.
“He produced an incredible performance against Arsenal on Tuesday. He ran his socks off.
“Now I have Wednesday and Saturday to look after. There is no problem.”
Ronaldo also snatched his tracksuit from the assistant kit man that day before throwing it to the ground in anger.
And Dwight Yorke opened up on that old incident at the time, branding the former Juventus and Real Madrid star as ‘out of order’.
He said: “When you look at what is happening at United – going for the title and in the Champions League final – everything is great.
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“Then you get someone behaving like that. To throw away his tracksuit top and huff and puff is uncalled for and out of order, there is no need.”
Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to appease Ronaldo.
And Gary Neville has admitted he ‘didn’t like’ the scenes that took place against Everton on Saturday.
“I watched him walk off and I can’t say I like it,” he said.
“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Of course.
“We know those things. He doesn’t have to prove that.
“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which throws the questions up in the air – what’s he saying? Who is he annoyed with?
“It can only come back to the manager. Actions like that – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring real pressure on the manager, more pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under.
“I think that is something that just has to be managed in the next couple of months.
“Cristiano is not always going to score, he’s maybe not going to play every single game.
“But I think if he walks off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Solskjaer. There’s no doubt the talk after the game was about the manager.
“He has this collection of players but they haven’t got this style of play, they haven’t got this or that.”
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