Ronaldo Left The Pitch Angry After The Final Whistle & Why His Teammates Need To Learn That Attitude
Premier League action got underway on Saturday with Manchester United taking on Everton in what was widely seen as an extremely interesting encounter. Everton, who are level on points with Manchester United, were missing a number of key players, and manager Rafael Benitez was praised by the media for keeping the team together despite the absences.
Manchester United also opened the game without Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba, who have been key contributors to the club's recent successes, with Ronaldo and Pogba each contributing a goal and an assist in their respective roles.
United took the lead in the first minute through Anthony Martial, who finished off a pass from Bruno Fernandes. However, United couldn't hold on to the lead as Townsend equalized in the 65th minute. It took only eight minutes for Ronaldo and Pogba to score their first goal together in the league since their introduction.
United couldn't add to their one goal despite the introduction of those two players, and they were saved by the VAR after Mina's strike was adjudged to have been offside.
After the final whistle blew, Ronaldo didn't spend any time getting off the field, instead heading straight to the locker room. The movements of his lips were captured by cameras while he was walking, and he could be heard talking to himself, most likely in an angry manner since he was dissatisfied with the outcome.
Andy Townsend, the Everton player who scored the winning goal, attempted to converse with Ronaldo in the name of sportsmanship, but Ronaldo remained uninterested as he moved through the dugouts to the dressing room.
In addition to being a world-class player, Ronaldo has been enjoying a strong run of form with Manchester United, and his mindset demonstrates how hungry he is for even greater success. Some may argue that it was only a draw and that he shouldn't have been upset, but a world-class player understands that it is games like this that determine whether a team wins or loses the league.
Even former teammates Ferdinand and Tottenham's former player, Jenas, who were both pundits on BT Sport, spoke to the fact that he is a winner who understands the significance of these kind of points at the conclusion of the season and how to avoid them in the future.
In addition to being the club's most important player and having an impressive trophy collection to his name, he is also accustomed to winning on the greatest stages, and thus he is likely to understand how games in the early part of the season mould teams for games in the latter part of the season.
Man United players will need to develop this type of attitude and channel it into the small elements that are required to win leagues. During the 2012-2013 season, the team won the league for the first time, and none of the current group of players were around to witness the triumph.
Despite the fact that Ronaldo himself was not a member of the club in 2013, he has already enjoyed success with them and understands what it is like to win the ultimate title with them.
If Manchester United wish to have a realistic chance of winning the Premier League, especially in a season where there are other strong contenders such as Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, the players must take inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo's winning attitude.
Credits for the images: UEFA, BT Sports, and Eurosport
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