Ian Wright has criticised the behaviour of Cristiano Ronaldo during Wednesday’s game at Brentford, and alarmed supporters by suggesting it’s ‘not a good sign’.
The Manchester United forward was taken off with twenty minutes to go in their 3-1 victory over Brentford, and it prompted a furious reaction from the 36-year-old.
The Portugal international uttered some choice words in the direction of Ralf Ragnick before he angrily threw his coat to the floor and sat on the steps, rather than in the dugout.
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The strop caused yet more negative headlines for Ronaldo, who faced a backlash over his comments on some of the United young players in an interview last week.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, Ian Wright says it’s worrying situation for United. He said: ‘You see Ronaldo come off and act like that. You would have thought that’s the last thing he would be doing, that kind of reaction.
‘It’s Cristiano Ronaldo and that goes worldwide, just seeing sitting there, he didn’t even want to sit on the bench – he sat on the stairs.
‘I understand if you’re a youngster and you’ve made your debut, played brilliantly and then come off and do that, I understand that. The manager can say listen, just calm down to him. But he’s saying this to Cristiano Ronaldo, you’re having to plicate him on the bench, in front of the world. That’s not a good sign.’
Ronaldo returned to the starting XI against Brentford having missed United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa last week, and despite his 14 goals this campaign, Wright is still questioning the decision to bring him back to Old Trafford.
He added: ‘I believe the signing was about him not going to Manchester City. It wouldn’t have stopped City doing what they are doing – but I guess it would have helped.
‘They signed him so late in the window, after signing Jadon Sancho and convincing Edison Cavani to stay, and you look at those two players and they haven’t had much chance to play because of Ronaldo being in there. Yes, he’s scored the goals, but at the same time it’s totally unbalanced.’