Cristiano Ronaldo's 'out of order' strop at Man Utd which 'there was no need for'


Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to be substituted in the Premier League since making a sensational return to Manchester United in the summer. It would certainly be interesting to see how he’d react 12 years after an incident that left a fellow United great, Dwight Yorke, disappointed.

It was May 2009, and the Red Devils were closing in on another Premier League title after a 2-0 win over Manchester City to move three points ahead of Liverpool at the summit.

Ronaldo’s deflected free-kick, and Carlos Tevez’s 20-yard strike handed United a deserved win in their 62nd match of the season.

While his side were two goals to the good in the 58th minute, Sir Alex Ferguson brought Ronaldo off for Paul Scholes.

Although the decision was most likely to protect the exciting winger from injury, with United also in the latter stages of the Champions League, he was not happy with the decision and made his displeasure known.

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Ronaldo, now 36, would most likely not react the same way if he was brought off in a game of that magnitude now.

But his desire to help the team and make an impact remains the same, which will see him play as many minutes as he possibly can during his second stint at United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have an incredibly tough run of fixtures on the horizon, in which he will hope Ronaldo can continue his electric start to his second life at the club.

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After the international break next month, United travel to Leicester City before hosting Atalanta in the Champions League.

Then it’s Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League before a trip to Atalanta in the reverse fixture.

Manchester City visit Old Trafford before trips to Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea are followed by a home clash against Arsenal.

It’s truly a sink or swim period for United’s Premier League and Champions League hopes.



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