Fans are wondering what McLaren said to Ronaldo in hilarious Brighton snap

Fans have been left pondering what on earth Steve McLaren could have said to Cristiano Ronaldo to draw such a bizarre reaction.

The two were pictured while Manchester United toiled against Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday in Erik ten Hag's first professional match in charge. The Dutchman looked bereft of ideas as the Red Devils floundered against the Seagulls.

A Pascal Gross double was enough to see Brighton claim their first-ever victory at the Theatre of Dreams despite an Alexis Mac Allister own goal that halved their lead in the second-half. Graham Potter's men held on to return to the south coast with all three points.

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Ten Hag took the bold decision to name Ronaldo on the bench after the 37-year-old's desperate attempts to leave the club this summer. That included not turning up to training or travelling with the squad on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

And while the new United manager looked on, new assistant coach McLaren – who worked the same role while Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge – was seen leaning over his chair to talk to Ronaldo. In response, the five-time Ballon d'Or had a face that looked like he had just smelt an absolute stinker.

One fan wondered: "Is McLaren trying to whisper something in a Dutch accent to Ronaldo?" And another wrote: "The fact Steve McLaren will be giving Ronaldo orders in training."

"Who's the boss?" a third questioned while another posted, with a series of laughing emojis: "Trust the process."

Ronaldo was eventually sent on five minutes into the second-half but he had little impact as United could not overturn the two-goal deficit. The loss has left many fans believing that they are in for another long campaign having finished the last season with their lowest-ever points tally in the Premier League.

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