Cristiano Ronaldo has sparked controversy after Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford. The Portuguese superstar became the first United player to disappear into the catacombs of Brentford Community Stadium and chose not to thank the followers who had traveled with him.
And this after assistant coach Steven McClaren specifically asked him to do just that. Both exchanged a short battle of words, then Ronaldo stomped towards the dressing room while his team-mates applauded the fans. So writes Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News on twitter.
On his way to the dressing room, the visibly frustrated Ronaldo also passed United’s new team manager Erik ten Hag. Neither looked at each other, nor was there a high five.
United had previously suffered their second defeat in their second game of the season and were 4-0 down after just 35 minutes. The record champions of the Premier League currently occupy the final place in the English upper house.
That should also fuel Ronaldo’s desire to change. The 37-year-old wants to leave the Red Devils despite a contract that runs until 2023. However, United don’t want to give him up and so far there are no serious alternatives for the attacker.
After all, he was back in the starting lineup in Brentford. In the 2-1 draw against Brighton last weekend, ten Hag initially put him on the bench.