Cristiano Ronaldo does not take kindly to being substituted – and Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick found that out in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after hooking the Portuguese superstar.
Having played a role in the build-up to United’s second goal of their 3-1 win with a classy chested pass, Ronaldo looked fuming to be taken off before he could get on the scoresheet.
The 36-year-old was withdrawn in the 72nd minute while the Red Devils were leading 2-0. He threw his coat down in frustration after trudging off the pitch.
“I didn’t expect him to hug me after being substituted,” Rangnick responded when asked about Ronaldo’s reaction in the post-match press conference.
“He asked: ‘Why me, why have you taken me off?’. I told him: ‘I have to make decisions in the interests of the team and club. We had the same situation at Aston Villa [on Saturday] when we were 2-0 up in the second half and I didn’t want to make the same mistake [drawing 2-2].’
“So tonight I put on Harry Maguire, went to a back three, and a fast winger, Marcus Rashford. It was the right decision. Cristiano is a goalscorer but it was more important to be compact at this moment.
“When we scored a third I said this exactly to him: ‘I know you’re ambitious to score but maybe in two years’ time when you are a head coach like me and in the same position you’ll understand.’”
Twitter went mad as Rangnick chatted on the touchline to Ronaldo as his substitute Rashford put them three goals ahead against Thomas Frank’s Bees.
We’ve rummaged around the caption competitions to find some of the best responses. It took us a while to find some hidden gems in the reams and reams of replies from weird children squabbling about Pessi and Penaldo, but we managed to find eight decent ones.
Fair play to you if you recognise all of the references in these captions. Like us, you’ve almost certainly spent too much time on Twitter.
“You have to stop shouting ‘Siu!’ at people. You’re 36-years-old.” pic.twitter.com/5xxsHoo1Js
— These Football Times (@thesefootytimes) January 19, 2022
So you, you fucking cunt – when I tell you to do something, do it. And if you come back at me, we’ll have a fucking right sort out in here.
‘And you can pair up if you like, and you can bring your fucking dinner. Because, by the time I’m finished with you, you’ll fucking need it https://t.co/JmMHRukUfJ
— Spartacus Mills (@simontreanor) January 19, 2022
Who’s in charge? Me or the devil? https://t.co/oUpjes9K4R
— Andrew Beasley 💙 (@BassTunedToRed) January 19, 2022
“I cannot have faces like yours around about me. No I can’t – I tell you this now, if you were one of my players with a face like that, I’d fucking kick you out. You’d never have a chance. Put a smile on your face, we’re here for business.” https://t.co/mIbq6XpKMw
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) January 19, 2022
“Remember I told you when I started; the guys who last in this business ..are the guys who fly straight, low-key, quiet. And the guys who want it all; chicas, champagne, flash ..they don’t last” https://t.co/hHTDPwucA5
— Rob Collins (@iFindRob) January 20, 2022
Bring a bottle…anyone asks it’s a work meeting .. keep schtum https://t.co/VQnvEPuzHU
— ST (@Yorkshire77) January 19, 2022
“If two people order nachos to share, one person can’t just eat all the fully loaded nachos.” https://t.co/OM2AMSp6BF
— I Think You Should Leave memes & Dangerous Nights (@ITYSL_memes) January 20, 2022
Same energy pic.twitter.com/I6hsumUY48
— Mile High Geordie (@milehighgeordie) January 20, 2022