Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a message to Manchester United fans after a frustrating afternoon on Sunday, despite the Red Devils defeating West Ham. The Portuguese superstar scored his fourth goal in three games to provide United’s equaliser after Said Benrahma put the Hammers in front.
But after slotting in from Lukas Fabianski’s error, it turned out to be an unhappy afternoon for the 36-year-old.
As well as failing to add to his goals tally, Ronaldo grew increasingly frustrated with referee Martin Atkinson.
The match official drew the ire of Ronaldo on two occasions as he failed to award a penalty in separate incidents.
The first came with 13 minutes of the game remaining when Ronaldo clipped the knee of Vladimir Coufal and went to ground.
Atkinson saw no foul though and waved away Ronaldo’s claim for a spot-kick, infuriating the attacker.
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But Ronaldo was still left frustrated by Atkinson’s performance and made a dig at the match official in a message to United fans on Instagram after the win.
“Every game in the Premier League is always an amazing fight for the three points,” Ronaldo posted on Instagram.
“Today we got to see a glimpse of all the obstacles that we will find on our way, but we have to keep our mind set on our goals.
“Together! Strong! Focused! Let’s go, Devils!”
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Ronaldo was not the only one who was confused by the failure to award United any penalties, with Solskjaer also questioning Atkinson’s decisions.
“The first and the last are stonewall and you cannot even argue against them. The lad puts his foot out and Cristiano runs straight and he is fouled,” the United boss said.
“The last one – Paul had a foul against Kurt Zouma. He did not touch him but he went over him so why is Cristano’s third appeal not a penalty?
“Hopefully it will not be ‘Cristiano is never going to be a penalty’.”