Manchester United may have put in their best performance of the season in their 2-0 win over Tottenham….. but Cristiano Ronaldo was not smiling.
The 37-year-old went into the tunnel before the end of the game after not coming off the bench in Wednesday’s clash at Old Trafford.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Adrian Durham said of Ronaldo: “I’m a bit disappointed.
Unless there’s a good reason for it, and we’ll have to find out, I think you have to celebrate with your team-mates.”
“You’re part of the team, you’re on the bench, you may not have been selected… but how much does he get paid per week? A ton a week and more.
“So if they want him, let him come, if they don’t want him, he has to stay there and be professional about it.
Ronaldo is embarrassing 😭 Walking off before final whistle with his team winning 💀 pic.twitter.com/lFxHXexSYR
— mx (@MessiMX30iiii) October 19, 2022
However, Erik ten Hag was right to dispense with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in his side’s victory over the north London club.
Fred and Bruno Fernandes scored United’s second-half goals. The club moved to within four points of third-placed Spurs with a game in hand.
United failed to break the deadlock in the first half, with Hugo Lloris doing well.
Antony also hit the post on one of his 19 first-half goal attempts.
Incredibly, this is the most attempts in a full game under the Dutch manager.
But they finally got their reward two minutes after the break when Fred opened his account for the season.
The Brazilian midfielder, in fine form throughout the game, was picked out by Jadon Sancho, whose deflected shot left Lloris exposed.
United doubled their lead in the 69th minute through Fernandes, whose first Premier League goal since August.
Once again Fred was in the thick of the action and his blocked shot fell to Fernandes, who placed a first-time shot into the far corner with a superb curling effort.
He thought he had a second on 81 minutes after brilliantly rounding Lloris before rolling the ball into the empty net.
But he was flagged offside for what would have been the goal of the month.
United pressed for a third goal, but failed to get another, and the 2-0 scoreline favoured the visitors.
In truth, Antonio Conte’s side, who never looked like scoring, could have conceded at least six goals had it not been for Lloris’ heroics.
Sam Matterface of talkSPORT was full of praise for the hosts: “Manchester United were dominant, they were absolutely excellent tonight.”
He also said: “They were absolutely sumptuous.
“Tottenham are also playing in this game, you wouldn’t believe they’ve had their best start since 1963 until tonight.”
But despite his teammates’ brilliance, Ronaldo made sure all the headlines and post-match spotlight fell on him.