║Cristiano Ronaldo║HQ║annoyed about gets substitute against Manchester City║May 13, 2009
SENIOR Manchester United players have turned on Cristiano Ronaldo and told him to stop acting like a PLONKER.
A number of them were angry with the Portuguese star’s lack of respect for boss Alex Ferguson when he was substituted in Sunday’s Manchester derby.
A club source said: “A number were unhappy about Ronaldo’s behaviour and told him so.
“A lot of these players have grown up with Alex Ferguson as their manager and do not like seeing anyone show him disrespect.”
Portugal winger Ronaldo, 24, threw a tracksuit top to the floor and mouthed an expletive as he sat in the dug-out.
But when he got into the changing rooms he was immediately told by some of the players not to act up like that with the boss and to calm it down.
Ronaldo tried to plead his case but, in the end, accepted he was in the wrong.
He left the ground within 15 minutes — more in embarrassment at his actions than in anger.
Ferguson has not confronted Ronaldo about the incident and has preferred to let him stew.
The boss now has to decide whether Ronaldo will be in the right frame of mind to play against Wigan at the JJB tonight.
United need just four points to clinch the Premier League title.
But his show of petulance has once again sparked rumours both in Spain and Portugal of him leaving for Real Madrid.
United are growing tired at Real’s posturing and particularly that of prospective president Florentine Perez.
He says he is willing to offer United £80million for Ronaldo and will tempt the player with a five-year deal worth £120m.