With minutes of the game remaining, Cristiano Ronaldo left the Manchester United dugout and made his way along the side of the field and through the tunnel, thwarting fans’ attempts at a high-five soccer match.
He was in no mood for that, not after failing to even make it off the substitutes’ bench.
United didn’t need him on Wednesday.
Producing possibly their most complete performance under Erik ten Hague, United overcame Tottenham in a 2-0 win to move into the Champions League qualification positions in the Premier League.
English football also inspires another storied club.
Liverpool completed the opening weekend with a 1-0 defeat to West Ham at Anfield, where Jurgen Klopp’s side had seen off Manchester City by the same scoreline three days earlier. Darwin Nunes scored the first-half winner against West Ham, showing signs of life after a slow start at his new club.
Like United, Liverpool have probably been written off too early this season.
After goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes sealed their victory, fifth-placed United are now just a point behind Chelsea, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot after drawing 0-0 with Brentford to Recently appointed manager Graham Potter was beaten down.
Liverpool are three points further back in seventh but will not be topped by their rivals in the standings.
Ronaldo made a move without coming onto the field.
“I’ll deal with it tomorrow,” Ten Haag said of the Portugal striker’s premature exit from the tunnel, with 90 minutes still left on the clock.
Ronaldo also showed his frustration on Sunday after being substituted in the second half of the 0-0 draw against Newcastle, making his first Premier League start since August.
Nunes is a striker in very good form.
By scoring in three of his last four games for Liverpool, the Uruguayan striker has found some good form ahead of the World Cup and ensured the Reds could replace the injured Luis Diaz and Diego Jota. Do not lose as first feared.
“He was great,” Klopp said of the big summer signing from Benfica who also hit the post with a dipping shot. “He’s a great talent. He came from Portugal and he wasn’t there for long, so not too long ago he was in Uruguay. He’s a really great talent and we’re really excited about him.
Liverpool also had Alisson Baker to thank for the win. The Brazil goalkeeper saved Jarrod Bowen’s penalty in the first half after the forward was fouled by Joe Gomez.
Newcastle in form
Saudi-owned Newcastle are in sixth place between United and Liverpool and could be a top-four contender this season.
The team extended their unbeaten run to six games by beating Everton 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Miguel Almiron.
It was a third successive defeat for Everton, leaving Frank Lampard’s side one point above the relegation zone.
In the next game, Southampton moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth that ended their five-match winless run.