Cristiano Ronaldo blasted for 'coward's tackle' on De Bruyne during Man Utd's derby defeat to Man City
MANCHESTER UNITED superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed for a "coward's challenge" on Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.
Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure once more at Old Trafford as United were completely outplayed by rivals City, who won 2-0 thanks to an own goal by Eric Bailly and a goal by Bernardo Silva.
Trevor Sinclair, who spent four years at City, believes the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's anger showed when he launched into De Bruyne with a "cheap" tackle while the playmaker was already down.
Sinclair believes the star forward "got away" with it the same way when he appeared to be lashing out at a fallen Curtis Jones two weeks ago when the Red Devils lost 5-0 to Liverpool at home.
The former England international told talkSPORT: “That’s a cheap one.
“The challenge initially went in from [Bruno] Fernandes, and as he’s down on the floor after being fouled, Ronaldo launches into that.
“I know it’s only one foot, but he’s jumped in with his studs showing. I thought it was a little bit naughty.
“It’s a little bit of frustration, but it’s not OK. I hope De Bruyne is OK because it’s a really poor challenge.
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“It’s a coward’s challenge. He’s got away with a couple, the one with Curtis Jones as well.
“He’s got a temper because he’s a winner. He doesn’t like losing.”
Ronaldo returned to United last summer after leaving Juventus and sparked immense excitement at Old Trafford.
However, the Manchester giants have still been enduring some inconsistent performances that have seen them dropping to sixth place in the Premier League table.
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