Ronaldo reacted angrily after he was replaced midway through the second half of the 3-1 win on Wednesday, gesticulating and throwing his coat to the ground before he was placated by Rangnick in the dugout.
But United’s interim boss defended his decision on Friday and said it was fully justified when substitute Marcus Rashford scored to seal victory.
Ralf Rangnick (right) defended his decision to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo this week
Ronaldo was visibly angry after being subbed off in the 71st-minute for Manchester United
Rangnick, who revealed that Ronaldo is a doubt for Saturday's game at home to West Ham due to a neck injury, said: ‘It’s a team sport and it’s important for us that we get the most out of each game.