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Man Utd diva Cristiano Ronaldo told to stop "emotional behaviour" by Rangnick


Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has once again addressed Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction to being substituted against Brentford - telling him to not be so emotional.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner looked distressed on the sidelines after being withdrawn in the 71st minute for Harry Maguire, arguing with his manager.

With Rangnick now revealing that Ronaldo had asked why one of the younger players didn't have to make way instead of him, the manager hit back by referencing Marcus Rashford's third goal.

Ronaldo, who turns 37 next month, has now been told to stop being so emotional in front of the cameras ahead of the Premier League visit of West Ham on Saturday.

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has once again addressed Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction (Image: Getty Images)

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."

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."

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United turns 37 in February (Image: Getty Images)

Ronaldo rejoined United in the summer on a two-year deal with the option of a future year after scoring 101 goals across 134 fixtures and winning two Serie A titles with Juventus.

He has followed up his return with 14 goals across 22 appearances in all competitions, but only two of those have come across six appearances under Rangnick.

With a new manager set to take over from the German in the summer, Ronaldo might well have to learn how to impress the temporary boss if he wants to fire the club to silverware.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ralf Rangnick have not been seeing eye-to-eye at Manchester United (Image: Getty Images)

Rangnick said: "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 (Maurizio) 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."

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