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Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch again after Man Utd and Chelsea draw


Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted marching down the Stamford Bridge tunnel without acknowledging the away fans in the immediate aftermath of Manchester United‘s draw with Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was initially named as a substitute by caretaker boss Michael Carrick, with Bruno Fernandes being given the nod to lead the line for the Red Devils in west London.

United took the lead shortly after half-time through Jadon Sancho, who capitalised on Jorginho’s poor touch to give the visitors a welcome advantage.

However, the Chelsea midfielder redeemed himself with 21 minutes left to play, equalising from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s foul on Thiago Silva inside the area.

Ronaldo was introduced from the bench to replace Sancho after the hour mark but was unable to provide the winning spark for United.

He picked up a needless booking for dissent in stoppage time and cut a frustrated figure after the full-time whistle.

The mercurial 36-year-old stormed down the tunnel without shaking hands with the opposition or clapping the United fans in attendance.

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Ronaldo has been singled out for marching off the pitch on a number of previous occasions since rejoining United in the summer transfer window.

The Portuguese forward threw another strop while on international duty after he was denied a late winner against Serbia in a crucial World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

He was also clearly upset after his side’s draw with Everton at Old Trafford back in October and stormed into the dressing room without hesistation at the end of the match.

United legend Rio Ferdinand jumped to Ronaldo’s defence at the time, insisting that he can understand why the former Real Madrid icon was angry about the situation.

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“He stomped down the tunnel disappointed about the result and we’ve all been there,” the former England centre-back told BT Sport.

“I think it’ll be a mixture of things, he’s a man in form having scored five in five, he wanted to continue that vein of form and shoot his side to victory. I understand the frustrations and it comes out like that.”

Meanwhile, United’s draw with Chelsea on Sunday saw the Red Devils climb to eighth place in the Premier League table, five points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham United.

The visitors managed to stay resolute without the ball throughout the encounter, ultimately preventing the Blues from grabbing the elusive winner at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Rudiger went close to snatching all three points for the hosts when he was picked out inside the area in the dying seconds before flashing his volleyed effort over the crossbar.

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United goalkeeper David de Gea waxed lyrical over his side’s defensive performance after the final whistle, insisting that he was unable to complain about the result.

“We’re still in a difficult moment but I’m proud of the effort of the team,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“On the pitch I was feeling danger from nearly the whole game but we defended well. They missed big chances and the one we have they give us we score.

“Like I say, not enough to draw but at the moment the way we are it’s a big point. The last games before we were conceding three or four. Now we concede one from a penalty so we are improving.

“But this has been only two games. We need to show in the games coming so let’s keep going and focus.”





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