Rangnick insists: «I didn’t take the Ronaldo thing personally»

The coach of Manchester UnitedRalf Rangnick, said Cristiano Ronaldo did not undermine his authority after the Portuguese striker’s angry reaction to being substituted at Brentford in the Premier League match last Wednesday.

The Portuguese international seemed unhappy after being replaced by Harry Maguire in the 71st minute as United secured a 3-1 victory against the promoted team.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s league match against West Ham United, Rangnick said: «I don’t blame him for that, but obviously any manager wishes he wasn’t so vehemently emotional. I don’t think this benefits anyone. Football is an emotional game and footballers are emotional. I didn’t take it personally.»

Ranknick said it is well known that Ronaldo reacts badly when he is taken off. «I didn’t see or interpret at all that he was challenging me. This isn’t the first time it’s happened. If you look at the time Sir Alex Ferguson or other managers replaced him, his reaction has been pretty similar.»

Ronaldo, who returned to United from Juventus last season, could miss the game against West Ham after a neck problem following the midweek win. «He was treated for two or three hours and we will have to wait to see how he feels,» Rangnick added.