Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch post-match without acknowledging Manchester United’s travelling supporters and ex-teammate Gary Neville has slammed his actions
Gary Neville has laid into Cristiano Ronaldo over his full-time actions following Manchester United ‘s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.
The Red Devils produced a dismal performance at St James’ Park but escaped with a point as interim manager Ralf Rangnick continued his unbeaten start.
Not for the first time this season, Ronaldo shunned the supporters who had made the late trip up north on a festive Bank Holiday, opting to head straight the tunnel in anger.
“It’s annoyed me for about two months,” the former United captain fumed on Sky Sports.
“The best players in your team, it’s devastating when they’re showing that look and body language to the younger ones. They have to help them.
“They have to be the father, the grandparent in the team. I made massive mistakes at Man Utd but I had great senior players who would have a go at me but also put their arm around me I think there’s something wrong.
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“You can’t run off at the end of a game. Bruno is whinging all the time; he’s been sensational for Man Utd. The two centre-backs were poor at the back, Maguire is having a nightmare season.
“You’ve got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments,” he added.
“At the end of the day, I love that lad [Ronaldo], he’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life at times, but don’t run off like that. I’m not having that.”
Rangnick shared Neville’s verdict on the “really worrying” performance, with the temporary Old Trafford boss admitting: “I didn’t like the performance at all.
“Today we didn’t control the game apart from a few moments. It’s all about energy, physicality and who wins the second balls. In all those areas we weren’t at our best. The good thing is we got a point but the performance needs to be better.
“You have to be ready and able to win those direct duels and this was not that often the case. When we were in possession we had too many giveaways and even with the goal, that doesn’t make things easy.
“Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality. If you want to be competitive here you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game.
“Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made. Even when we scored the equaliser we were not really controlling the game and taking the right decisions.
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“We were one goal behind and we needed to take more risks. In some situations, including the goal, we were good and with Edinson we had another striker who was dangerous.
“Today it was not a question of formation – it was a question of how aggressive we were.
“In three days we have the next game. We can do better but we have to do it.
“We shouldn’t look for excuses – we need to be better and get more physical. I was not happy with our performance with the ball or when we had to press.
“What kind of energy mode do we play with the ball and without the ball?”
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