Rangnick explains why he replaced Ronaldo and what he said to him afterwards

Interim Manchester United manager Ralph Rangnick has defended his decision to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese veteran was disappointed to leave the field ahead of time in United’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday.

Goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greeneood and Marcus Rashford secured United victory in Brentford and increased their chances of a top four in the Premier League.

But even this was another not at all convincing appearance from Rangnick’s team, until Ronaldo did not like at all the coach’s decision to replace him about 20 minutes before the end.

After the match, Rangnick did not escape numerous questions about the decision to replace Ronaldo, who complained while standing on the bench to follow the rest of the game.

“It’s natural (Ronaldo’s reaction), he is a striker and he wants to score. But he came from a minor injury and it was important to remember that we have another game coming soon,” said Rangnick.

“We had to defend our lead as well, knowing what had happened to us at Villa Park.”

Later in the press conference, Rangnick explained: “The only reaction I got from him was’ Why me? Why did you replace me? ‘I made the decision in the interest of the team and the club.’

“I understand that Ronaldo is ambitious, but maybe when he becomes coach in the future, he will make the same decision after 75 minutes.”

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