With Cristiano Ronaldo visibly furious with the decision to take him off in Manchester United's game against Brentford on Wednesday, Ralf Rangnick has revealed what was said between him and the player.
After Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood gave the Red Devils a 2-0 lead, the German coach decided to substitute the five-time Ballon d'Or winner off, with centre-back Harry Maguire coming on to replace him.
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The Portuguese forward did not react well to this as he angrily threw his jacket in frustration and sat on the dugout steps while seemingly questioning his manager's decision to take him off.
Rangnick could be seen conversing with the 36-year-old as he seemingly attempted to calm him down and explain the substitution.
Following the 3-1 win for the Manchester club, the 63-year-old head coach opened up about what Ronaldo said to him on the bench.
"He [Ronaldo] said, 'Why me, why did you take me off?'," the head coach told BT Sport, per The Express.
"I said I had to make the decision for the team, for the club.
"Maybe in a few years, when he is a coach, he will understand. I didn't expect him to hug me after being subbed.
"I know how goalscoring players think and how they tick, but I have to make my decisions in the interest of the team. I have no issue whatsoever with Cristiano.
"I told him [Ronaldo] we were 2-0 up, and we have to learn lessons from Villa Park. After that game, I was angry with myself for not changing to a back five.
"Today was exactly the same situation, 2-0 with 15 left and I did not want to make the same mistake again.
"It's normal. Ronaldo is a striker, and he wants to score goals. He's just come back from injury."
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