Cristiano Ronaldo was not too happy with his substitution on Wednesday night’s match as he was seen trudging off before hurling his jacket to the floor. The Portuguese superstar was replaced 71 minutes into the match against Brentford by orders of head coach Ralf Rangnick. 

According to Goal, the 36-year-old Manchester United forward was furious after seeing his number seven flashed up among the substitutes, evident on his fac. He was hauled off and replaced by Harry Maquire.

Lost as to why he had been taken off, Ronaldo could be seen asking his coach why he was the one chosen instead of someone else. “Why me? Why me… why would you take me off?” he was overheard muttering as he slowly walked off and sat alone on a step by the dugout. Rangnick later approached the sulking striker to calm him down and offer him some words of comfort. Ronaldo seemed to listen intently and eventually cooled down.

Speaking to the media after the comfortable Man Utd victory match with Brentford, Rangnick backed up his star’s tantrum saying this was just a normal expectation. “That is normal- a striker wants to score-but he has come back from a little injury and it was important to remember we have got another game coming up.” Rangnick had assured Ronaldo that his decision was in the interest of the team which the star was able to comprehend as the game progressed. This was Ronaldo's first game after his hip injury.

“I didn't expect him to hug me after being subbed, I know how goal-scoring players tick,” the German coach added. He went on to explain that he had no issue with Ronaldo’s reactions as coming from an injury and not having trained for almost two weeks was a decision he had to call. “Why should I not make use of the players on the bench?”

United did a full turn about from the dire first 45 minutes into the match leading on to dominate the rest of the game with fine goals from Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood.

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on January 19, 2022 in Brentford, England. Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

 

Soon after, a cool and collected Ronaldo posted a virtual pat on the back for his team on his social media account: 

"3 important points! well done lads."

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Manchester United at Gewiss Stadium on November 02, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images