Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has not spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo about an incident in which he appeared to smash an Everton supporter’s phone at Goodison Park.
Ronaldo stumbled towards the tunnel after United’s 1-0 defeat on Saturday when an Everton fan tried to catch the bloody gag on Ronaldo’s shin.
Footage shows Ronaldo angrily knocking the phone out of the fan’s hand, and the Portuguese apologized for his behavior and offers to invite the supporter to a United match.
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It told the fan’s mother, Sarah Kelly Liverpool Echo: “I would understand if Jake waved it in his face, but he was not near his face, it was down on the floor and checking his injury. He is an autistic boy and he has been assaulted by a football player, that’s how I see it as a mother. “
Ronaldo is ready to face Norwich in United’s Premier League home game on Saturday, and Rangnick clarified that police and the Football Association are still investigating the matter.
“I think he apologized on social media for what happened,” Rangnick said. “There is still an investigation underway from the police and the FA. But other than that, I have not spoken to him about it.”
Rangnick claimed last week that United were struggling with the ‘expectation level’ against Everton, the league’s 17th place. Everton also held United to a draw at Old Trafford, and United have lost 12 points against the bottom four from seven games as they prepare to face basement club Norwich.
Almost every United player has struggled this season with heightened expectations and attendees present, and Rangnick admitted some had been spotted.
“I do not know if that is the case, but it may be, at least with one or two or three of our players, it seems like the level of expectation is high and some of the players seem to have it’s hard. with their own performance with it. ” Rangnick said about the struggles with expectations levels.
“But again, there is no alibi and no apologies, we have to be ready to deal with it. Until tomorrow, I’m sure and fully aware of it, and I’m convinced and very positive that all the players know about this. This is a test of character and mentality tomorrow, we play against the bottom team.
“Yes, I know they won against Burnley last week and we know Everton lost to Burnley the week before. We also thought we should be in a better position psychologically compared to Everton, but we have to to show it on the court.
“No matter what speculation we have about what I think, or you think, was the reason for the performance at Everton, we need to be able in our house to beat a team like Norwich and show the best possible performance, that’s what it’s all about. But truth and reality are on the line. “