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Merson slams ‘childish’ and ‘stroppy’ Ronaldo as he ‘owes a big apology’ to Man United starlet

Paul Merson has labelled Cristiano Ronaldo “childish” as he owes Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga a “big apology”.

Both players started against Brentford earlier this week. Man Utd were not at their best but they still ran out 3-1 winners.

Elanga scored his first Premier League goal of the 2021/22 season to give United the lead. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford added to their lead before Ivan Toney scored a late consolation.

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Ronaldo was taken off when the score was 2-0 and he was clearly angry to be substituted as Ralf Rangnick had to talk him down.

Speaking post-match, Rangnick insisted that Ronaldo’s reaction on the sidelines was “normal”.

Merson has criticised Ronaldo though as the forward “should know better” than to act like that:

“Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a big apology,” Merson wrote for the Daily Star.

“What he did against Brentford spoiled the youngster’s big day – and it was so childish.

“The poor kid. He starts his first Premier League game of the season, scores for Manchester United.

“Then Ronaldo gets substituted, strops off and has a hissy fit. As soon as it happened as I said to my mate: ‘You watch, you won’t even know the kid has scored now.’

“It was unbelievable for someone who’s been around the game that long to do that and take the headlines away from Elanga.

“Ronaldo was lucky he stayed on as long as he did! Oh my god if it was anybody else they would have been hooked well before then.

“It’s not happening for him. I went to the game with my boy, to show him Ronaldo. One of the greatest players of all time.

“He’s a shadow of that player. An absolute shadow.

“In the first half the ball gets put through and it’s him and the defender, and he never once looked like getting it.

“Four years ago, that’s a goal, he’s away and they don’t catch him. Not any more. He was flicking balls around but it wasn’t happening for him at all.

“It’s not a nice watch to see one of the all-time greats looking like a run of the mill player.

“A few years ago no-one else on that pitch would have been able to get near him.

“He was getting hat-tricks against those kind of teams without breaking sweat.

“That’s why it was so bad what he did. He should apologise. One hundred per cent. He should know better.”

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