Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off and refused to shake hands with his opponents after getting benched… Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off and refused to shake hands with the opposition after Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Portugal international started on the bench for just the second time this season, with caretaker boss Michael Carrick opting to start up Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho up top in the team’s first Premier League game since the firing of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.
And despite United spending most of the match under the cosh, Carrick’s decision paid dividends in the 50th minute when Sancho netted his second goal in two games to put the visitor ahead.
But just minutes after Ronaldo replaced Sancho midway through the second half, Chelsea equalized, with Jorginho converting from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka fouled Thiago Silva.
Ronaldo struggled to make an impact for the remainder of the match, and made his frustrations clear at the final whistle, leaving the pitch without shaking the hands of Chelsea’s players.
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Speaking after the match, Carrick opened up on his decision to drop the 36-year-old forward, who is the club’s top scorer this season with 10 goals.
“We came here with a plan,” he told reporters.
“I kind of knew how Chelsea would play and we wanted to stop the passes through to Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. There were a few changes to freshen it up and it’s what we decided to go with today. We almost pulled it off.”
This isn’t the first time this season Ronaldo has stormed down the tunnel straight after a match, having previously done the same in the 1-1 draw with Everton in early October.
He had again been dropped to the bench for that game.
The draw for United moved it up to eighth place in the Premier League table, while the point for Chelsea means it remains top, one point ahead of Manchester City.
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