Manchester United were held to a draw by Burnley on Tuesday night with Cristiano Ronaldo’s full-time reaction likely to slam cops after starting on the bench at Turf Moor
Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time running straight into the tunnel after the full-time whistle as Manchester United dropped points at Burnley.
The striker did not start at Turf Moor but was brought on as his side searched for a winner against the Premier League basement side.
However, Ronaldo, who celebrated his 37th birthday at the weekend, was unable to produce, and when the referee blew for the full-time United No.7 he immediately left the pitch.
Starting on the bench is not something Ronaldo will be used to, but his inability to score means he has gone five games without a goal.
United’s stalemate also means they are losing ground in the race for the top four, with increasing pressure on Ralf Rangnick’s men.
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It was not the first time that Ronaldo left the pitch immediately after the final whistle, without acknowledging opponents or United supporters.
Indeed, Gary Neville once lamented Ronaldo for running straight away at the whistle.
He did so earlier this season against Everton – another game in which he started on the bench. But it was after a draw at Newcastle in December that Neville took aim at several players, including Ronaldo.
“It pissed me off for about two months,” he said on sky sports.
“The best players in your team, it’s devastating when they show that look and that body language to the younger ones. They have to help them.
“They have to be the father, the grandparent of the team. I made massive mistakes at Man Utd but I had great senior players who would attack me but also put their arms around me I think. that there is something wrong.
“At the end of the day, I love this boy [Ronaldo], sometimes he’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life, but don’t run away like that. I do not have that.”
Jay Rodriguez’s strike early in the second half canceled out Paul Pogba’s opener.
United scored three times in the opening 45, only to have two of them disallowed.
Caretaker boss Rangnick lamented their intensity in the second half but said adamantly their display deserved more than just a point.
He said: “In the second half we weren’t aggressive enough. It was clear they would come out and be aggressive. The way we allowed them to score, we didn’t defend the whole situation.
“A frustrating night for us as we should have won this game comfortably.
“We scored three goals in the first half, so I couldn’t blame the team for not having the killer instinct in the first half.
“In the end, it was also a bit of a matter of luck. One point for a performance like this is just not enough.”