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Cristiano Ronaldo’s angry reaction to being subbed in Manchester United win ‘normal’, says Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick played down Cristiano Ronaldo’s response to being subbed during the 3-1 win over Brentford, saying it was “normal” despite the striker being visibly angry as he came off.

Ronaldo, who was subbed in United’s 3-1 Premier League win in the 71st minute, took an age to walk off the pitch, scowling at United’s coaching staff and tossing his jacket down out of frustration, prior to proceeding with his debate from his seat.

Manager Ralf Rangnick says, “His reaction was ‘why me?’… I said to him I have to take a decision in the interests of the club because we had a situation at Villa where we were 2-0 up and drew 2-2 and I was angry at myself for not switching to a back five.

He adds, “I decided to switch to a back five with Harry Maguire. He was not happy, he is a goalscorer and wanted to stay on and score a goal himself. But it was important to be compact. I said to him I understand, but maybe in a couple of years when you are a head coach you will take the same decision.”