Rangnick puts Man Utd ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in flash focus statement; lets odd Anthony Elanga Ralf make a mistake – Archyde

Ralf Rangnick explained to Team First the reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted for Brentford and made a surprising gaffe in his interview with Anthony Elanga.

Man Utd put in a much-improved performance in the second half which catapulted them to a crucial 3-1 win over Brentford. Anthony Elanga was the catalyst for the win with his relieving goal that is truly memorable.

Mason Greenwood ended a great move with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes to double the lead.

Rangnick then shuffled his pack and protected his fortune as he came on for Greenwood and Ronaldo – much to the disbelief of the Portuguese.

Nonetheless, substitute Marcus Rashford was quick to justify the decision as he scored a confident strike as United left Brentford with all three points.

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Speak with BT-Sport After the game, Rangnick initially commented on his half-time team call: “It wasn’t a strong call, but of course we had to change a few things.

“The first half wasn’t good in all aspects of the game. In the second half we pushed harder, attacked further up and made the right decisions on the counterattack and we scored, that’s the big difference.

“Anthony Elanga continued the performance he showed at Villa Park. He was outstanding in the second half, worked a lot against the ball and then scored the first goal.

“But I’m happy for all our young players tonight – three young English goalscorers.” (Author’s note: Elanga is Swedish and currently plays for Sweden U21).

On the performance of David de Gea, who was once again outstanding, Rangnick said: “He’s always done that in the last few weeks – brilliant saves in the first half. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, I would say.”

Rangnick explains decision that upset Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood were substituted in a double with 20 minutes remaining. Ronaldo was visibly upset by the change, throwing his jacket on the ground before shaking his head. Moments later, Ronaldo was seen asking his teammates why he was chosen to be withdrawn.

Substitute Marcus Rashford was quick to score, however, and Rangnick was quickly seen having a calm word with Ronaldo, who looked rather pleased with the three points now secured.

On Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to the substitution, Rangnick said: “It’s normal – a striker wants to score – but he’s come back from a minor injury and it was important to remember that we have another game ahead of us.

“Even after what happened at Villa Park we had to defend the lead this time and it was important that we got back to a back five and while we didn’t stay clean it was important to make sure nothing else happened .”

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Elanga loves life under Rangnick

Manchester United goalscorer Anthony Elanga also spoke to the press BT-Sport: “We played our best football in the second half. We really put our foot down.

“The first goal lifted the team, then the second and third goals came and it got better.

The Swede added to his outstanding goal and his flourishing role under Ralf Rangnick: “The first contact with the ball did it. I could see the goalie coming and just had to smack him in with my head

“I want to keep working hard and scoring more goals.

“I appreciate the boss very much. You can see the intensity we put into the training and if you put in the effort in training you get the results you deserve.”

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