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Paul Merson wants Cristiano Ronaldo to apologise to Anthony Elanga

Mudeet Arora
Elanga came on from the bench and scored for Manchester United against Brentford.
Elanga came on from the bench and scored for Manchester United against Brentford. / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Football pundit Paul Merson thinks Cristiano Ronaldo owes a "big apology" to Anthony Elanga after his antics on Wednesday evening.

Elanga scored the first goal for Manchester United as the Red Devils went on to beat Brentford 3-1 on the night.

However, Ronaldo was in the headlines for his reaction after being substituted in the second half.

The Portuguese maestro had just returned from a hib injury and Rangnick spoke after the game that he needed to make the change in order to ensure Manchester United won the game.

Merson, however, believes that Ronaldo "spoiled" Elanga's big United moment.

"Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a big apology," Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.

"What he did against Brentford spoiled the youngster’s big day – and it was so childish.

"The poor kid. He starts his first Premier League game of the season, scores for Manchester United.

"And then Ronaldo gets substituted, strops off and has a hissy fit. As soon as it happened as I said to my mate: ‘You watch, you won’t even know the kid has scored now.’

"It was unbelievable for someone who’s been around the game that long to do that and take the headlines away from Elanga.

Merson concluded his rant by stating, "It’s not happening for him. I went to the game with my boy, to show him Ronaldo. One of the greatest players of all time. He’s a shadow of that player. An absolute shadow."