Ralf Rangnick will not confront Cristiano Ronaldo about his strops this season as Manchester United boss insists 37-year-old striker ‘knows what he should and should not do’
- Cristiano Ronaldo has thrown a number of sideline strops so far this season
- But Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick will not reprimand him
- Rangnick says Ronaldo is experienced enough to know how to behave
- Ronaldo is on a five-game barren run, his worst in club football since 2010
Ralf Rangnick won’t tackle Cristiano Ronaldo over his moods because he says the sulky Manchester United star is old enough to know how to behave.
Ronaldo, who turned 37 last weekend, stormed down the tunnel at Burnley on Tuesday night after he was dropped to the bench and then failed to make an impact when he came on for the final quarter of the game.
It’s by no means the first time Ronaldo has thrown a strop since returning to United, even though Rangnick told his players to improve their body language when he took over as interim manager in December.
Cristiano Ronaldo ran straight down the tunnel after the draw against Burnley
The Portugal international also threw a strop after being subbed at Brentford back in January
‘Cristiano, as we all know, is 37,’ said Rangnick. ‘I think he knows himself what he should do or should not do, and what he has to do. Our focus is on those things we can influence.
‘Why he left the pitch directly after the final whistle, maybe he was also disappointed that we only got a draw and that he didn’t score.
‘It’s a question you have to ask to Cristiano. I only realised that after the game. This is not a question I can answer.’ Ronaldo is United’s leading scorer this season with 14 goals, but he is on a five-game barren run – his worst in club football since 2010 when he was at Real Madrid.
He is set to start against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Rangnick said: ‘It’s not only about Cristiano Ronaldo. He should score more goals, it’s obvious.
‘We are creating chances and opportunities in the last couple of games but just didn’t score enough goals.
‘It’s not just an issue with Cristiano, it’s an issue with other players – especially the offensive players.’ United’s other centre-forward is Edinson Cavani, who turns 35 on Monday and will leave when his contract runs out at the end of the season.
With Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford, a new striker will be top of United’s shopping list this summer.
‘This is obvious,’ said Rangnick.
‘Edinson’s contract is running out in the summer, and the club needs the best possible centre-forward. I think everyone is aware of that.’
Ronaldo knows how to behave, says Ralf Rangnick, who will not reprimand the striker
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