Cristiano Ronaldo walked straight into the tunnel, muttering an expression of anger and disappointment after Manchester United’s draw with Everton, a tantrum that has now earned him criticism from Gary Neville.
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to barge into the tunnel following their draw against Everton, saying it will only put added pressure and trouble for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Portugal forward scored five goals in six appearances including the winner over Villarreal in the Champions League, but he surprisingly came off the bench along with Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba, all three of whom had only started the second half.
Poor tactical decisions cost Manchester United a heavy price as they were even lucky to avoid defeat when Anthony Martial’s opener was pulled back by Andros Townsend in the second half, with Yerry Mina scoring the winner late in the second half before having his goal ruled out by VAR for offside.
At the final whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo then looked furious as he walked straight back into the dressing room muttering to himself and shaking his head, showing a tantrum at his team’s disappointing result.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville said the 36-year-old’s actions only caused further pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and demanded the Portugal forward act more maturely in the future.
Talk to Sky Sports, former captain Red Devil it said, “I saw it go and I can’t say I like it. Is Cristiano annoyed when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano very upset when the team doesn’t win? Of course. We know those things. So he doesn’t need to show that.”
The frustration on the face of Cristiano Ronaldo. Not happy.
Straight down the tunnel at full-time. pic.twitter.com/LtZqxKopQZ
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“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which begs the question, what did he say? Who is he mad at? In the end it will come back to the manager. Such actions – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring further pressure on his coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I think that’s something that will have to be addressed in the next few months.”