EPL: You need to apologise to Elanga – Paul Merson tells Cristiano Ronaldo

Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, believes Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo owes teammate, Anthony Elanga a ‘big apology’ following his strop during the Red Devils’ Premier League 3-1 win against Brentford.

Elanga scored the opening goal as Man United defeated Brentford in a Premier League tie in mid-week.

But Ronaldo dominated the headlines after his reaction to being substituted in the second half of the encounter.

The Portugal captain had returned from a hip injury for the game and Man United manager, Ralf Rangnick explained after the game that he needed fresh legs in order for the team to defeat Brentford.

But Merson believes Ronaldo ‘spoiled’ Elanga’s big moment for Man United after the match.

“Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a big apology,” Merson told 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, scoring for Manchester United.

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

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

“It is 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 is a shadow of that player. An absolute shadow.”

Man United will host West Ham United in a Premier League tie at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.