Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera lashing out at an Everton fan following Manchester United’s shocking defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes of United’s embarrassing 1-0 defeat against the relegation-threatened Toffees. He had no luck up front for Ralf Rangnick’s side, who succumbed to defeat after Anthony Gordon’s effort was deflected in off Harry Maguire.
United’s best two chances fell to Marcus Rashford, but he was denied on both occasions by Jordan Pickford. Ronaldo nearly bagged a late equaliser, only for Pickford to be equal to his snapshot on the turn.
The Portuguese star looked furious after the final whistle, partly due to an injury he picked up in the closing stages. Pictures showed that Ronaldo had a bleeding shin following a strong tackle – and he was not in the mood to be taunted by the home fans.
A video posted on Twitter shows Ronaldo appearing to smash a supporters’ outstretched phone into the tarmac as he storms down the tunnel at Goodison Park. Ronaldo can be seen stomping down the tunnel with a shin pad in his left hand, while he lashes out with his right hand clenched into a fist.
The accompanying tweet reads “Ronaldo smashing someone’s phone at full time”. Manchester United have been contacted for comment. The act occurs just out of shot on the video, but it is clear he is furious with United’s performance in Saturday’s 12.30pm kick-off.
The result saw Everton move four points clear of the relegation zone, but it has put a huge dent in United’s hopes of finishing in fourth place. Ralf Rangnick’s side remain seventh, three points adrift of Arsenal and Tottenham, who can both increase that gap in their games later on Saturday.
“We’ve spoken about that a few times, we’re dependent on other results, but if we don’t win our games we’ll never have good results from other teams,” Rangnick told BT Sport.
“The only thing we can do is stick together. Now we have Fred injured as well as Scott McTominay, so that’s two midfield sixes injured, hopefully not for too long. That’s all we can do, prepare for the Norwich game.”