Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has defended his determination to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese confirmed his disappointment at being hauled off throughout his facet’s 3-1 win at Brentford.
Goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford boosted Manchester United’s top-four ambitions in a Premier League victory in west London on Thursday evening.
But it was one other lower than convincing show from the guests, whereas Ronaldo was removed from impressed at being substituted with 19 minutes left.
It required a much-improved second-half exhibiting from United in order to safe their first league win of 2022, however Rangnick was compelled to reply questions on Ronaldo’s response to being changed by Rashford with the guests main 2-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium.
“That is normal – a striker wants to score,” Rangnick informed BT Sport. “But he has come again from somewhat harm and it was necessary to recollect we now have obtained one other recreation developing.
“Also after what happened at Villa Park, we had to defend the lead this time and it was important that we went back to a back five and while we didn’t keep the clean sheet, it was important to make sure nothing else happened.”
Later in the post-match press convention, Rangnick added: “The solely response I obtained was, ‘why me? Why did you are taking me off?’ I needed to take the choice in the curiosity of the workforce and the membership. We did the identical factor when 2-0 up at Villa and did not need to make the identical mistake once more.
“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 did not anticipate him to hug me after being substituted. I understand how goalscoring gamers suppose and I needed to make this determination. I’ve no points with Cristiano. He was getting back from harm and hadn’t performed for one-and-a-half weeks. We had the likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial on the bench so why not use it? I might make the identical determination once more.
I did not anticipate him to hug me after being substituted. I understand how goalscoring gamers suppose and I needed to make this determination. I’ve no points with Cristiano.
“I’ve been here now for six weeks and I’ve never had an issue with Cristiano. We had a discussion before the Villa Cup game about his injury and we agreed not to use him.
“He was out there once more at this time and we determined to play him from the beginning. The most necessary factor is that we win video games and this comes first.”
Anthony Elanga followed up on his showing at Aston Villa to help United rediscover their mojo. Bruno Fernandes’ influence grew in the game, and he really ought to have capped a fine individual performance with a goal to go with his two assists in stoppage time.
It was the third time Fernandes has provided multiple assists in a Premier League game – since his debut in the competition in February 2020, no player has done so more in the competition.
Yet he left the pitch nonetheless ruing his late miss, an indication of his requirements. This is the kind of angle United want if they’re to safe a Champions League spot – which should be the naked minimal.
Such a winners’ mentality was seen in Ronaldo’s response to being substituted, however he should acknowledge the necessity to include his disappointment in order for the collective to thrive at Old Trafford.
After all, a victory by such a good-looking margin did not look seemingly through the first half.
“It was not a strong conversation, but obviously we had to change a few things,” Rangnick stated when reflecting on a poor show in the opening 45 minutes.
“The first half was not good in all aspects of the game. In the second half, we were more urgent, attacking higher up the pitch and taking the right decisions in the counter attack and we scored, which is the big difference.
“Elanga was excellent in the second half, put in a variety of work in opposition to the ball after which scoring the primary aim. But I’m completely happy for all our younger gamers tonight – three younger English goalscorers.”
Frank: Miracle Brentford didn’t lead at half-time
It was a bitter blow for Brentford, who had bossed the primary league assembly between these sides since 1946 however solely had Ivan Toney’s late comfort to indicate for it.
Mathias Jensen was denied by David de Gea on three separate events earlier than Elanga’s opener, and Brentford boss Thomas Frank described it as a “miracle” that his facet weren’t forward at the interval.
“It was one of those nights, fair play to David de Gea,” Frank added. “We get these probabilities once more one will go in the again of the online. Our depth killed them, we confirmed that in the primary half. We performed the Brentford approach. It was a miracle they weren’t two targets down by half-time.
“He was by far the best Manchester United player today. Their first goal changed the momentum of the game. Of the three goals, the second is most disappointing and difficult to come back from. The way we smashed them in the first half was fantastic. I’m so proud of my team.
“I’m unbelievably pleased with my workforce. We are the smallest membership in the Premier League, Manchester United the most important. We destroyed them in the primary half, they did not have a sniff, three big probabilities and there may solely have been one winner of this recreation.
“They are unbelievably lucky. I know all the stuff about taking chances. They changed the system against little Brentford.”
Brentford host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 3pm. Manchester United tackle West Ham at Old Trafford at the identical time.