Cristiano Ronaldo got ‘lucky’ after taking ‘risk’ in Man Utd’s draw against Newcastle

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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘lucky’ and ‘risked’ being sent off for a challenge on Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser during the two clubs’ enthralling clash on Monday night, Pat Nevin has insisted. The Red Devils forward was shown a yellow card for a tackle on the Scot for a poor second-half tackle.

United were fortunate to come away from the struggling Magpies with a point after a 1-1 draw. Substitute Edinson Cavani equalised following Allan Saint-Maximin’s first-half stunner.  

Goalkeeper David De Gea made an excellent save to deny Miguel Almiron’s late effort after Jacob Murphy had struck the post.  

Ralf Rangnick’s side were also lucky that they did not go down to 10 men in the second half when Ronaldo charged into Newcastle winger Fraser.

It was a challenge not too dissimilar to the one that saw Liverpool’s Andy Robertson sent off at Tottenham prior to Christmas.  

Former Chelsea man Nevin felt that referee Craig Pawson could have shown a red card instead of a yellow.

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“He caught a glancing blow on Ryan Fraser but he was off his feet and missed the ball,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. 

“Cristiano takes enough hits himself but when your team is in trouble do not take risks like that, so he got a bit lucky. 

“The referees are letting it flow a bit more and I prefer that but that was right on the edge and some referees would’ve gone further.” 

Former United defender Gary Neville criticised Ronaldo for storming straight down the St. James’ Park tunnel after full-time.  

“We talk about body language. We talked about it earlier in the season when Ronaldo ran off at the end of the Everton game. He’s run off again tonight,” the eight-times Premier League winner said on Sky Sports. 

“He ran off at Watford, when everyone knew the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) was going to get the sack. And at Norwich.”  

He added: “You’ve got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments. 

“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.  

“I don’t care how you’ve played, you need to go over and clap the fans at the end of the game. Get over to them, particularly when you’re the best player in the world, and one of the greatest of all time.” 

Neville slammed United’s stars for being ‘whinge-bags’ and hit out at their body language during the draw. 

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“They’re a bunch of whinge-bags. Watch them on that pitch. I’ll not go into names but they’re whinging at each other, arms up in the air complaining about everything,” the ex-England man continued.  

“Honestly, they were absolutely shocking in that first half. 

“They got the last manager the sack. Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he’s only had two or three weeks with them, but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack if they carry on like that, because that’s a really, really poor performance.  

“It’s only 45 minutes but they’ve got to sort themselves out because that’s massively below anything expected.”
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