“Well, I think we shouldn’t make too much of a fuss out of it,” Ralf Rangnick said at a press conference when asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s furious reaction to being substituted against Brentford, as quoted by the Sun.
“The job of a football manager is to help the team win the game and it was clear from our experience at Villa Park that this time we have to do things better.
“We did it better and the only question was, who do we take off? Of course, Cristiano is a prolific goalscorer and he’s a player that will always want to play and score goals.
“He was also asking why me ‘why didn’t you take off one of the younger players?’. The answer came five minutes later when one of the younger players scored the third goal.
“Maybe Cristiano could have also scored the third goal but football is not about maybe, it is about taking a decision in the right moment.
“He has not been substituted, I believe, for the first time in his career. There have been a few other substitutions as far as I know, even under Sir Alex.
“A player like Cristiano doesn’t like to be substituted, that is pretty normal. His reaction was emotional but for me not a problem at all.
“I have managed other players, maybe with not as quite a big name as Cristiano. I know how these players react to being substituted.
“But then again it is about the team and getting points.
“We are in a position where every single game is of maximum importance.
“The team is more important than no matter who it is – Cristiano, Edinson, Bruno or any other player.
“Bruno has also been substituted and was not happy with that in the last couple of weeks. It’s about what is in best interests of the team.”
Rangnick took off the Portuguese in the 71st minute of the Brentford game when United were 2-0 up.
Cristiano was visibly upset with the substitution, remonstrating with Rangnick as he left the pitch. The head coach then sat down next to the forward to explain to him his decision.
Marcus Rashford scored the third goal six minutes after Maguire replaced Ronaldo.
Ivan Toney pulled one back for the Bees but it was too late and United grabbed all three points.