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Ronaldo told to stop the strops as Rangnick lays down law after Bees tantrum

CRISTIANO RONALDO has been told to stop his strops as they are helping no one at Manchester United.

The Portuguese superstar, 36, threw a major hissy fit when he was hauled off in Wednesday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Brentford.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been urged to cut out the sulking by boss Ralf RangnickCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Ralf Rangnick has told Cristiano Ronaldo his tantrums are of 'no benefit to anyone'Credit: Alamy

But United boss Ralf Rangnick warned: “I don’t think this will be for the benefit of anyone — not to his benefit, not to the benefit of team-mates.

“I don’t blame him for that but any manager would wish it shouldn’t be too emotional and also in front of the TV cameras.”

Rangnick’s rebuke comes after Ronaldo slammed his under-performing team-mates, accusing the youngsters of not listening to experienced stars like him.

On Ronaldo’s whinge, the German added: “He was also asking, ‘Why me not one of the younger players?’

“The answer came when one of them scored the third goal.”

The United boss told the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to remember football is a team game and his decision to make changes at Brentford were proved right, with Marcus Rashford coming on to score.


Ahead of Saturday's showdown with top-four rivals West Ham, German Rangnick added: “The team is more important than no matter who it is — Cristiano, Edinson, Bruno or any other player.

“Bruno has also been substituted and was not happy with that in the last couple of weeks.

“It’s a team sport and for us it’s important that we get the most out of each game.

“And it’s a decision of each manager ‘What do we need right now in order to secure the game and win the game?’.

“I’m not somebody who says afterwards everything was perfect. But in this case everything I had hoped with the result of that decision were confirmed.

“At one stage Cristiano will also be a manager, maybe in a couple of years or maybe in ten years if he plays another five years and then he will have the same experience himself.

“I didn’t see he was challenging me. He just showed maybe too emotionally that he was not happy to be replaced.

“But this was not the first time. I think if you can look at the moment when Sir Alex Ferguson replaced him or other coaches like Sarri in the past.

“His reaction was similar which shows it has got nothing to do with the manager — it’s about his own ambition and his own desire to stay on the pitch.”

Ronaldo is receiving treatment on a neck injury to make sure he is fit for today’s game.

Ronaldo threw a hissy fit after he was subbed off for the final stages of the win over BrentfordCredit: AFP

Rangnick added: “He received treatment and we will have to wait to see how he feels.”

SunSport revealed this week Ronaldo will want to quit Old Trafford if they do not make it into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

Rangnick admits that it is not only key for the players currently at the club but any potential summer transfer targets.

It makes today’s visit of fourth-placed West Ham even more important.

Rangnick said: “Of course it would be helpful if we knew we were going to play Champions League football next season. Not only for potentially new players but also the players that we have here already.

“But there are only two pathways to play Champions League next season, either you finish in the top four and this will not easily happen this season because there is a lot of competition.

“The other way is to win the Champions League yourself. We all know both are not easy but it’s more realistic and more possible to plan and develop to finish in the top four.

“This is exactly what I told the players before the kick-off at Brentford.”

One player who does not look like he will be around in any case next season is Jesse Lingard.

Newcastle are trying to get him on loan but Manchester United want a permanent deal sorted.

Rangnick said: “It’s a question of what does the player want, what options does he have, does he have the chance to get game time.

“He’s a very good player, a technical player.

“I know his contract is expiring in the summer, the question is what does he want? I wouldn’t be unhappy if he stayed for the rest of the season.”

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