Ronaldo owes Elanga 'big apology' for stroppy antics, says Merson

Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a ‘BIG APOLOGY’ for his stroppy antics during Manchester United’s win at Brentford, says Paul Merson… who accuses him of stealing the youngster’s thunder by reacting furiously to being substituted by Ralf Rangnick

  • Manchester United picked up a 3-1 win away at Brentford on Wednesday night
  • Cristiano Ronaldo threw a strop when he was substituted during the victory
  • Paul Merson felt his tantrum overshadowed Anthony Elanga’s impressive display
  • Elanga opened the scoring for United and performed terrifically on the night 

Cristiano Ronaldo should apologise to Anthony Elanga after throwing his toys out of the pram during Manchester United’s win away at Brentford, says Paul Merson.

United picked up their first victory in three matches on Wednesday night, running out 3-1 winners against Brentford thanks to goals from Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

Yet their triumph did not go without drama, as in the 71st minute Ronaldo reacted negatively to being replaced by Ralf Rangnick.

Paul Merson says Cristiano Ronaldo owes Man United youngster Anthony Elanga an apology

When he was substituted in west London, the 36-year-old gestured furiously and threw his jacket to the ground before holding his arms out in frustration. 

Ronaldo’s reaction dominated the headlines despite United’s win, and Merson believes he owes academy graduate Elanga, their star performer on the night, an apology for his antics.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a big apology,’ he wrote in his column for the Daily Star.

Ronaldo reacted furiously to being substituted during their recent win away at Brentford

And Merson felt the 36-year-old’s stroppy antics stole Elanga’s thunder on the night

‘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.

‘And 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.”

The United youngster broke the deadlock against Brentford and performed well in the game

Ronaldo took the attention away from Elanga by throwing a tantrum, Merson insists

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

‘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.’

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