Ralf Rangnick reveals talks with Cristiano Ronaldo after Brentford substitution

Ralf Rangnick reveals what Cristiano Ronaldo asked him after Brentford substitution

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly frustrated after Ralf Rangnick replaced him against Brentford.

Man United were two goals up when Rangnick decided to replace Ronaldo with Harry Maguire in the 71st minute.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not happy with the substation and it’s obvious as the forward is fond of scoring goals and helping the team.

Upon reaching the bench, Ronaldo and Ralf Rangnick had talks and the German boss has revealed the questions he received from the 36-year-old.

“He [Cristiano Ronaldo] said ‘Why me, why did you take me off?’,” Ralf Rangnick said.

“I said I had to take the decision for the team, for the club. Maybe in a few years when he is a coach he will understand.

“I told him [Ronaldo] we were 2-0 up and we have to learn lessons from Villa Park, after that game I was angry with myself for not changing to a back five.

Ralf Rangnick explains his decision to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo vs Brentford
Ralf Rangnick explains his decision to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo vs Brentford

“Today was exactly the same situation, 2-0 with 15 left and I did not want to make the same mistake again.”

Ralf Rangnick continued on Ronaldo’s substitution with BBC: “Listen Cristiano, you are 36 in great shape, but when are a head coach, you will see if through the glasses of a head coach.

“My job is to take the decisions in the best interest of the team and the club and I hope he sees it the same way.”

United beat Brentford 3-1 away from home to become the first team to record 300 away wins in the Premier League.

Manchester United will face West Ham United this weekend in the Premier League.

A win over the Hammers will put them on 38 points, a point ahead of David Moyes’ side, who occupy the 4th position after 22 games, a game more than United.

And Ralf Rangnick is anticipating a big clash against West Ham at Old Trafford.

“Big,” Rangnick said of United’s clash against the Londoners. “We have to win the game on Saturday, they have not played during the week, only have three days and it would be helpful to have players that were not available today.”