“Told me he didn’t feel well enough”- Ralf Rangnick on why Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t take the match-deciding penalty for Manchester United against Arsenal
In a recent interview, Ralf Rangnick revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t feel well to take the penalty against Arsenal which could have given them a chance to stay in the race.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who announced his son’s death a few days ago, scored once in the match and United got a penalty to equalize the score which Bruno Fernandes missed. Rangnick clearly stated that it was their decision who will step up to kick from the spot but Ronaldo didn’t feel comfortable, and hence Bruno took it.
“The two of them talk about it and Cristiano told me he didn’t feel well enough or didn’t feel as though he should take the penalty – and that’s why Bruno took it. They’ve both taken penalties and converted penalties, so it’s up to the two of them to decide,” said Rangnick.
Cristiano Ronaldo is inarguably one of the best penalty-takers in the world. Bruno Fernandes takes a penalty only if Ronaldo is absent on the pitch but with Ronaldo on the pitch, it’s always about him. Bruno’s miss could probably end the Red Devil’s run to the top four after they lost 3-1 to Arsenal. Arsenal moves to the fourth spot ahead of them and Tottenham.
Cristiano Ronaldo could possibly leave Manchester United next season with Erik ten Hag’s arrival
Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Arsenal on Saturday but couldn’t help his team to a victory. The defeat might have ended their hope of reaching the top four and qualifying for next season’s Champions League. It’s hard to digest the Champions League competition without Cristiano Ronaldo as he is the top goalscorer and assist provider in the competition and might look to play in a team that will feature in the UCL next season.
Also, Eric ten Hag has been appointed as the new Manchester United manager and he might not want Ronaldo in his team next season. The Dutch manager looks forward to making a number of changes in the team and that might end Ronaldo’s time at the Old Trafford.