Rangnick admits Elanga U-turn as Ronaldo’s Man Utd ‘whinging’ defended

Ralf Rangnick has confirmed a YouTube video prompted a change of mind on Anthony Elanga, while Ally McCoist has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after post-substitution strop against Brentford

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Cristiano Ronaldo treats Georgina Rodriguez on her birthday

Given negativity has hung over Manchester United in recent weeks, the supporters, players and manager Ralf Rangnick would have felt relieved on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils were 3-1 winners at newly-promoted Brentford, overcoming a difficult first half to eventually earn a much-needed victory.

Anthony Elanga grabbed his first Premier League goal for the club, while Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford both struck to end recent goalscoring droughts.

However, it wasn’t all positive for Rangnick as he had to deal with a lot of post-match questions about Cristiano Ronaldo. The veteran forward was evidently unhappy when he was withdrawn from the action.

Does Ronaldo’s reaction after being substituted represent a concern for United? Let us know in the comments below!

Rangnick makes Elanga YouTube admission

Speaking about Elanga, Rangnick admitted he wasn’t aware quite how good he was until he watched footage of the forward on YouTube.

The 19-year-old has been handed starts in the last two games and after a bright showing against Villa, he stepped up again against Brentford. Elanga opened the scoring with a precise piece of control and a finish to match.

But Rangnick said there was a chance of the teenager moving on loan for the rest of the season before he saw clips of him in action.

“l had heard his name before and I was in my hotel room watching videos of him on YouTube and I thought ‘this boy is really good’,” he said.

“He was almost on his way out on loan. I told him ‘You will not go out on loan, you will stay here’ and he has developed in training.”

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Ronaldo was not happy after being substituted

Ronaldo ‘whinging’ defended

Former Scotland and Rangers forward Ally McCoist believes it’s only natural for a player of Ronaldo’s quality to be unhappy about being substituted.

The 36-year-old has not been at his best in recent weeks and he missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa due to injury.

However, with the game opening up against Brentford, it was apparent Ronaldo felt there would be a chance to get on the scoresheet.

“I see Cristiano’s got the hump, sitting on the bench whinging,” said McCoist. “Look, look, sometimes I don’t mind that.

“You see some players getting hauled off and they’re ‘oh well, fine, ok no problem’, whereas some of the real good players just hate it. They hate it.”

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United’s set-piece woes examined

While United were able to show their attacking class in the win over Brentford, defensively there are still clearly issues for Rangnick to resolve.

When Brentford put balls into the box in set-piece situations on Wednesday, the Red Devils didn’t look comfortable. And in terms of attacking scenarios, delivery has been frequently poor into the penalty area, with none of the last 107 corners resulting in a goal.

Ben Husband looked at the continuing issues the team are having from dead-ball routines and noted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final appointment – technical director Eric Ramsay – before his sacking has yet to resolve the problem.

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