Manchester United lost the derby without Cristiano Ronaldo. Ralf Rangnick explained that the Portuguese star was hurt, but was still fuming at the decision
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Cristiano Ronaldo was reported to be fuming at Ralf Rangnick over his decision not to mention him in the Manchester derby, despite the German having previously explained why he had left out the forward.
Manchester United’s No.7 was absentee at Sunday’s Etihad.
Rangnick stated that Rangnick was unable to participate due to a problem with his hip flexor from Friday.
United’s physios made that call. Ronaldo was furious when he learned he would not be lining-up, according to Silver Screen Beats.
After only missing one game, the 37-year old decided to fly to Portugal to watch his teammates suffer a horrible afternoon. They lost 4-1 to the champions.
Rangnick was previously subject to Ronaldo’s fury after he took him off against Brentford back on January.
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The Portuguese star was forced to withdraw in the second half and didn’t hide his frustration.
While he was sitting on the bench, he bemoaned the decision and sought an explanation from his manager.
Ronaldo was just returning from an injury, and Rangnick explained to Ronaldo and the press that it was simply a matter of managing his resources.
He said that at the time: “I understand Cristiano is ambitious but maybe when he is a manager in the future, he will make the same decision after 75 minutes.
“I didn’t expect him to hug me after being substituted. I know how goalscoring players think and I had to make this decision. I have no issues with Cristiano. He was coming back from injury and hadn’t played for one-and-a-half weeks.”
Rangnick later added: “I don’t blame him for that but obviously any manager would wish it shouldn’t be too emotional and also in front of the TV cameras I don’t think this will be for the benefit of anyone: not to his benefit or teammates.
“It’s an emotional game and players are emotional and I didn’t take it personally at all.”
Ronaldo’s apparent anger at being overlooked for the Manchester derby suggests he has little care for Rangnick’s want to rotate his players and manage workloads.
United began the game without a recognised striker as they played two false 9s, although it had no impact on the result.
Roy Keane was among those to question the absence of Ronaldo, which Rangnick later responded to.
“It’s not helpful to tell you that it’s frustrating.” Rangnick added. “It’s a fact. Players should tell the doctor that they are injured so they can not play. As a manager, I must accept it.
“I cannot force a player to play if he thinks he’s not available because he has an injury.”