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When Cristiano Ronaldo Reacted Badly To Sir Alex Ferguson Substituting Him Off

Ryan Sidle

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When Cristiano Ronaldo Reacted Badly To Sir Alex Ferguson Substituting Him Off

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't happy with Ralf Rangnick's decision to sub him off against Brentford, and it's no surprise it's not the first time he's been unhappy with being taken off.


United were 2-0 up on Wednesday when the interim manager decided that it was time for Ronaldo to make way for Harry Maguire, and shift formations.

The decision was no doubt guided by the team's inability to close out a 2-0 lead against Aston Villa just days before, but that didn't stop Ronaldo showing how annoyed he was at the decision.

The 36-year-old threw a strop on the sidelines after being replaced, before Rangnick went over to talk him down, and it's no surprise it's not the first time it's happened to the former Juventus forward hasn't enjoyed being subbed off.

Despite his reputation for giving the hairdryer treatment, Ronaldo wasn't against showing how unhappy he was at Sir Alex Ferguson, as happened in 2009.

The moment came in the Manchester derby, with United leading City 2-0, when Fergie decided to take off his main man, with a Champions League final on the horizon.

In typical fashion for a big man child, the number seven wasn't happy with his bosses decision at all, standing in disbelief whilst shaking his head.

He then finally walked off the pitch, refused a handshake with the man replacing him and slapped a jacket out of the hands of a coach and onto the ground.

Ronaldo eventually sat down on the bench but continued shaking his head in dismay and looked close to tears as the game continued.

Ronaldo wasn't happy at all. Image: YouTube
Ronaldo wasn't happy at all. Image: YouTube

Whilst Rangnick's approach to the situation was extremely public, with the German going to sit with the five time Ballon d'Or winner and explaining the decision to take him off, Fergie didn't respond so publically.

The legendary Scotsman did talk about the moment later in his post match interview, saying, "It is great that he wanted to play on. It is fabulous. But I have to look at the big picture.

"He produced an incredible performance against Arsenal on Tuesday. He ran his socks off. Now I have Wednesday and Saturday to look after. There is no problem."

Ronaldo couldn't believe he'd been taken off. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo couldn't believe he'd been taken off. Image: PA Images

Whilst the manager publicly backed the forward, who at that point was already destined to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid, treble winning striker Dwight Yorke wasn't quite so understanding.

"When you look at what is happening at United - going for the title and in the Champions League final - everything is great," Yorke said at the time.

"Then you get someone behaving like that. To throw away his tracksuit top and huff and puff is uncalled for and out of order, there is no need."

At least Rangnick can point to the fact that he was right to shore things up at the back against Brentford, with the Bees even scoring once United had a fifth defender on the pitch.

That change of formation was one of the many things that seemed to annoy the host's manager Thomas Frank after the game.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Sidle
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