Cristiano Ronaldo was recently criticized for not recognizing Manchester United fans after games. However, despite his side’s 1-0 loss to Wolves on Monday, the Portugal international decided to cheer them on as he left the pitch. However, there was no denying his angry mood, with the 36-year-old grimacing on his face as he did so.
Manchester United were disastrous against Wolves and collapsed in a 1-0 loss, with veteran Joao Moutinho scoring the game’s only goal in the finals.
It was another setback in a hectic campaign for the club, who now face a massive fight when it comes to securing Champions League qualification for next season.
Ronaldo was named captain for the game in the absence of Harry Maguire, who was unable to recover from an injury in time for the Old Trafford showdown.
He endured a problematic night, the Wolves barely giving him an inch as they prepared their way to victory.
In recent weeks, a lot has been said and written about Ronaldo not applauding the fans after the game – the former Juventus and Real Madrid star sometimes storming the tunnel.
Still, Ronaldo, with the armband on him, walked straight to Stretford End and thanked supporters for cheering them on – even though the grimace on his face suggested he’d rather do something else.
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His disappointed expression spoke volumes about a night United once again remembered how much they had fallen.
And manager Ralf Rangnick admitted he was unimpressed with both the performance and the outcome when he was interviewed by Sky Sports right after the game.
“Very disappointed, like the players,” he said.
“We knew it could be a tough game because Wolves with a back five are very flexible in midfield.
“In the first half we struggled.
“We’ve had too many easy turnovers, too many unforced errors and too many freebies. It didn’t make it easy for us and that’s why we went for a back three.
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“For 35 minutes we had more control and missed the opportunity to score the first goal. It was clear to me that the team that scored the first goal would win the game.
“Today we showed similar problems to the team three or four weeks ago before I arrived.
“It’s not an easy job to develop DNA with and without the ball. Today’s game showed that there are still a few steps to be taken.”
Ranking specifically in the top four, he then added: “I cannot give any guarantees.
“Look at today’s performance if I say we’re 100 percent convinced we’ll finish in the top four, I don’t know if people are going to believe it. For me, it’s about taking the next steps and improving.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage was delighted with the victory, however. He said: “It’s one more victory.
“Nice stadium, a place with a lot of history but the most important thing is the way we played.
“We played our way, we controlled the first half and missed a lot of chances. We are winning three points and have more chances than goals.
“We deserved the three points. Every time I’m positive and try to win the games. It’s football, they had a good chance for Bruno.”
Moutinho also spoke after his late exploits.
He said: “What I want is to help the team.
“To win here at Old Trafford against a great team is incredible for us.
“We came here to play football, to play with the ball, that’s what we do. We created a lot of shots in the first half. They changed a bit into three center-backs like us. We have everything. We just let them create an opportunity on the bar.
“We earned it because of what we did for 90 minutes. I hope we can continue with this performance.
“Phil Jones headed the ball out. I tried to see where he was going. [After] my first touch, I said I had to shoot. This is what I have to do, to shoot more. A great goal. “