Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly frustrated leaving the pitch at half-time in the Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Manchester United as he complained to the referee.
Cristiano Ronaldo was furious at half-time at the Wanda Metropolitano as he complained to the referee about the way Atletico Madrid v Manchester United had been officiated.
The Red Devils were miles away in the first half in Spain for the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 first leg as Joao Felix scored the opener with a brilliant diving header that passed David de Gea.
United were unable to match the physique of Diego Simeone’s men who raised their game in the opening 45 minutes.
Madrid issued several meaty challenges, but referee Ovidiu Hategan only showed one yellow card, which went to Marcos Llorente for a foul on Harry Maguire.
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And Ronaldo was visibly frustrated leaving the pitch at half-time as he complained to Hategan, motioning for him to pull his cards out of his pocket.
Ronaldo went down clutching his leg at one point after being cynically fouled at the halfway line to stop a promising United counterattack.
Fred came to help his team-mate as the Portuguese star was able to continue, but he was not a factor up the pitch.
Rangnick created a surprise in United’s starting line-up by dropping Diogo Dalot, opting to play Victor Lindelof at right-back.
Paul Scholes believes Ralf Rangnick’s men were bullied as Atletico came firing on the blocks in the first half as the former Red Devils midfielder slammed the boss’ decision acting to play the Swede in his unnatural position.
He told BT Sport: “United were just not ready for the first ten minutes and all the problems came down United’s right side with Lindelof at right-back. It just didn’t work out.”
“I think they were bullied, physically. They weren’t ready for Atletico to come out and be all over them, really against them.”