Speaking about what happened in his conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after his furious reaction to being substituted against Brentford, Ralf Rangnick said: “The job of a football manager is to help teams win games and, for me, it was clear after the experience we had at Villa Park that this time we had to do things better
“The only question was who we take off. Cristiano is a prolific goal scorer and a player who always wants to play and score goals.
“He was also asking ‘why me not one of the younger players?’
“The answer came five minutes later when one of the younger players scored the third goal. Maybe Cristiano could also have scored that goal but football is not always ‘maybe’, it’s about getting a decision in the right moment.”
Marcus Rashford replaced Ronaldo and scored the third goal minutes after coming on to seal an important win for United.
Cristiano didn’t look happy for a long time after being brought off, but seems to have gotten over it as everyone could see from the last game against West Ham United where the Red Devils recorded a dramatic last-minute winner against the Hammers. Although the 36 years old didn’t score himself but his impact in the win was tremendous!