Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘out of order’ strop at Man Utd which ‘there was no need for’
Cristiano Ronaldo is y’et to be substituted in the Pre’mier League since makin’g a sensat’ional return to Manchester United in the summer. It would cert”ainly be interest’ing to see how he’d react 12 years afte’r an incident that left a fellow United great, D’wight Yorke, disappo’inted.
It was May 200’9, and’ the Red Devils we’re closing in on another Premier League title af’ter a 2-0 win over Manc’hester City to move three points ahe’ad of Liverpool at the sum’mit.
Ronaldo’s defl’ected free-ki’ck, and Carlos Tevez’s 20-yard strike handed United a deserved win in their 62nd m’atch of t’he season.
While his side were 3 goals to the good in the 58th minute, Sir Alex Ferguson brought Ro’naldo off for Paul Scholes.
Although the decision’ was most likely to protect’ the exciting winger from ‘injury, with United also in the latter sta’ges of the Champions Lea’gue, he was not happy w’ith the decision and made his displeasure known.
After leav’ing the pit’ch, Ronaldo snatched his trac’ksuit from the assistant kit ma’n before throwing it onto the grou’nd in anger.
Ex-United forw’ard Yor’ke has since disc”ussed th’e incident, criticising the Portu’guese ace for how he reacted, espe’cially given United’s wealthy posit”ion in the league.
He said: “When y’ou look at what is happening at Uni’ted – going for the title and in the Cham’pions League final – ever’ything is great.
“Then you get some’one behaving like that. To thr’ow’ away his tracksuit top and h’uff and puff is uncalled for a’nd out of order, there is no ne’ed.”
Ronaldo, now 36, wo’uld most likely not re’act the same way if he was bro’ught off in a game of that magnit’ude now.
But his desire to help the tea’m and make an impact rem’ains the same, which will see hi’m play as many minutes as he poss’ibly can during his second stint at Un’’ited.
Ole Gunnar Solskj’aer’s side have an incredibly toug’h run of fixtures on the hori’zon, in’ which he will hope Ronaldo can cont’inue his el’ectric st’art to his sec’ond life at the club.