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‘Bigger picture’ – Rangnick sends message to Cristiano Ronaldo after sub complaints in Man United win

'Bigger picture' - Rangnick sends message to Cristiano Ronaldo after sub complaints in Man United win

Cristiano Ronaldo conveyed an unpleasant vibe on otherwise decent night for Manchester United during Wednesday’s success over Brentford.

Following 70 minutes and with the Red Devils 2-0 up in West London, Ralf Rangnick subbed the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo shook his manager’s hand yet was gotten by BT Sport’s cameras gesturing from his roost by the touchline, looking obviously troubled at his conditions prior to getting a word in his ear from his boss.

The German stated post-match: “It’s normal, as a striker he wants to score goals and he’d come back from a little injury so for me it was important to bear in mind that we had another game in three days’ time.

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“We were 2-0 up, I decided to just make sure that we defended better and I think it was the right decision to switch to a back five. We scored the third goal and wanted to keep a clean sheet, unfortunately we didn’t manage it, but at least we made sure nothing happened.”

Former teammate Rio Ferdinand understood Ronaldo’s disappointment but praised Rangnick for his management of the situation.

“They’re 2-0 up and he sees a chance to get a couple more [goals] to move up the goalscoring charts,” the ex-defender told BT Sport.

“You see the disappointment but I thought the manager handled it well, he spoke to him and he’s talking about the bigger picture, ‘We’ve got a game in the next three days, you’re going to play – get your goals there’.”

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