Cristiano Ronaldo has been told to stop his strap because he is not helping anyone at Manchester United.
The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar threw a huge hunky fit when he was dismissed in the Premier League’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday.
But United boss Ralph Rangnick warned: “I don’t think it will be to anyone’s advantage – not for his benefit, not for the benefit of teammates.
“I don’t blame him for that, but any manager would want him not to get too emotional and in front of the TV cameras.”
Rangnik’s rebuke comes after Ronaldo slammed his underperforming teammates, accusing the youngsters of not listening to veteran stars like him.
To Ronaldo’s shout, the German said: “He was also asking, ‘Why am I not one of the young players?’
“The answer came when one of them scored the third goal.”
The United boss asked the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to remember that football is a team game and his decision to change to Brentford proved correct, with Marcus Rashford coming in to score.
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Ahead of Saturday’s showdown with top-four rivals West Ham, German Rangnick said: “The team is more important than who it is – Cristiano, Edinson, Bruno or any other player.
“Bruno has also been replaced and was not happy with it the past few weeks.
“It’s a team sport and it’s important for us to get the most out of each game.
“And it’s every manager’s decision ‘What do we need right now to secure the game and win the game?’.
“I’m not someone who says everything was fine afterwards. But the outcome of that decision in this case confirmed everything I had hoped for.
“At one stage Cristiano will be a manager too, maybe in a few years or maybe ten years if he plays another five years and then he himself will have the same experience.
“I didn’t see that he was challenging me. He probably showed too much emotionally that he wasn’t happy to be changed.
“But it was not the first time. I think if you can look at the moment Sir Alex Ferguson replaced him or other coaches like Sarri.
“His response was similar which suggests it has nothing to do with the manager – it’s about his own ambition and his own desire to stay on the pitch.”
Ronaldo is undergoing treatment for a neck injury to ensure he is fit for today’s game.
Rangnik added: “He got the treatment and we’ll have to wait to see how he feels.”
SunSport revealed this week that Ronaldo would like to leave Old Trafford if he does not finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
Rangnik acknowledged that this is important not only for the players currently at the club but any potential summer transfer targets.
This makes today’s visit to fourth-placed West Ham even more significant.
Rangnik said: “Of course it would be helpful if we knew we were going to play Champions League football next season. Not only for potential new players but also for the players we already have here.
“But there are only two ways to play the Champions League next season, either you are in the top four and it will not happen easily this season because there is a lot of competition.
“The other way is to win the Champions League itself. We all know that both are not easy but it is more realistic and more possible to plan and develop to finish in the top four.
“That’s what I told the players before kick-off at Brentford.”
One player who doesn’t look like he’ll be around in any case next season is Jesse Lingard.
Newcastle are trying to take him on loan but Manchester United want a permanent deal.
Rangnik said: “It’s a question of what the player wants, what options does he have, does he have a chance to get game time.
“He’s a very good player, a technical player.
“I know his contract expires in the summer, the question is, what does he want? I won’t be hurt if he stays for the rest of the season.”
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