Cristiano Ronaldo suggests referee to wear glasses after Manchester United concede in Champions League defeat

Was the referee unfair towards the Manchester United players?

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Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious with the referee after Manchester United conceded during their 1-0 Champions League second-leg defeat against Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford.

Manchester United took on Spanish champions Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford with a golden opportunity to make it to the quarter-final stages of the UEFA Champions League. But, the red devils failed to beat past Atletico Madrid’s rock-solid defence and were left frustrated by Diego Simeone’s men by the end of the match as Simeone’s men stole a narrow 1-0 win to go through.

Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted angrily suggesting that referee Slavko Vincic needed glasses after Atletico Madrid scored their winning goal against Manchester United in the Champions League last 16.

Renan Lodi’s 41st-minute header handed the visitors the lead, United players protested about a perceived foul on Anthony Elanga in the build-up that the referee had not given.

Ronaldo in particular was irate as he could be seen furiously gesturing to the referee as the Atletico players reeled away in celebration.

The 37-year-old appeared to question the quality of the official’s vision as he held his hands up to his eyes to make the globally-recognised glasses signal.

The forward’s protests were to no avail, however, as the referee’s decision and the goal stood after a VAR review.

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Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick joins in criticism of the referee

Ralf Rangnick
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Ralf Rangnick accused the Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic of making it ‘easy’ for Atletico Madrid to waste time in their Champions League victory over Manchester United. Rangnick felt United were the better side in the first half but said the second-half had way too many interruptions in play yet only four minutes of added time were signalled.

“I think we played a good first-half,” Rangnick said.

“All those things that we planned to do in the first-half the team did, the only thing we didn’t achieve is to convert that energetic performance into the first goal, and against a team like Atletico it’s highly important you score the first goal and it’s more important not to concede a goal and we conceded just before half-time.

“That goal, in a transitional moment, I believe it was a foul on Anthony Elanga, the referee and linesman didn’t see it that way. We shouldn’t have been 1-0 down at half-time, we were the better team in the first half. It’s important to score first and even more so against a team like Atletico.

“In the second half, I don’t know if the game was played for more than two minutes without being interrupted by someone lying on the floor, there were some curious refereeing decisions, I wouldn’t necessarily say decisive, maybe the one they scored.

“He (the referee) made it pretty easy for Atletico to do their time-wasting antics and it didn’t make it any easier for us. That’s how they play for the last 10 years, they always play like that. I was not surprised.”

With this defeat, Manchester United’s primary goal will be to make the top 4 of the Premier League and secure a spot for the UEFA Champions League.

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