Cristiano Ronaldo was furious after being substituted in the second half at the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday.
The Red Devils were flying at the time, leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood. However, Cristiano Ronaldo was still dissatisfied with his substitution and expressed his displeasure visibly.
With 20 minutes remaining, he went off to be replaced by Harry Maguire, muttering angrily at himself and appearing to scowl at his manager, Ralf Rangnick.
This is not the first time this season that Ronaldo has expressed his displeasure at not being able to participate in every minute of his team’s games.
And new doubts will be raised about his attitude, with the star struggling to influence matches in the same manner he used to.
Marcus Rashford added a third after he was taken off in what turned out to be a pleasant night in west London.
Despite this, many people are still skeptical about Rangnick and the work he has done since taking over.
Before the game, former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand commented of the recent tie with Aston Villa: “Progress? I’d say the first 20 minutes are the most important, followed by a half-hour break.
“The most important thing for me is that they fail to handle their games.” Game management is essential in the game.
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“When he first arrived, he talked about enhancing players and team performance, which I haven’t seen much of in the majority of the players.”
“It’s been disheartening to watch in that regard.”
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Ferdinand went on to say of United’s approach, “Those tiny subtleties about when you press in a game, what the score is, do you press at that moment in the game?” Leaders on the field are sometimes required to coordinate this, to determine when players leave.
“I remember when I was playing, you’d have people jumping out – maybe younger, inexperienced players – and you’d get on to them, yell at them.” That’s something I don’t see enough of in our squad right now.”
United’s next Premier League encounter is against West Ham on Saturday.
Then they face a fourth-round FA Cup fixture against Championship side Middlesbrough, which appears to be a foregone conclusion.