Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Burnley on Tuesday.
For their trip to Turf Moor, Ralf Rangnick started Edinson Cavani instead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rangnick told the Daily Mail that when asked about the decision before the game, “Today it will require a lot of sprinting and chasing a lot of balls.”
“There’s a lot of fighting for second balls, and I think this profile matches Edison nicely.” That’s why I chose to get him started today. We’ll also need Cristiano to start the next several games.”
Ronaldo was required to play in the game. He came on while the two teams were tied 1-1 in the second half.
But he couldn’t come up with a winner. And the 37-year-old was plainly displeased when the final whistle blew.
Footage has emerged showing Ronaldo sprinting off the field full-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo ran straight off the pitch at the final whistle of Man Utd’s draw with Burnley 😬 pic.twitter.com/vnsYvYakmb
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 8, 2022
Before vanishing into the tunnel, he threw some wrist tape on the floor. Watch the video below…
Of course, this isn’t the first time Ronaldo has responded in a similar fashion to a poor outcome this season.
It’s not what United fans who traveled to Turf Moor expected from the great striker.
Ronaldo has now gone five games without scoring. This is his worst goal-scoring drought since 2010.
Rangnick was displeased with the umpires after United had two goals disallowed in the first half.
According to the Mirror, he stated after the game, “I think we played a wonderful first half, couldn’t have played any better.” We scored three goals, one of which was disallowed for an unknown reason. The linesman made a very, very soft choice. He called the foul around five or six seconds after it began.
“It astonished me that he flagged when the ball was in the net.” Had he actually witnessed the foul? The first I see why it was banned; it was a difficult one, but the second I don’t.
“If you look at the entire game, we dominated for the majority of it.” Winning one point is insufficient, and another is aggravating.”