Taking to social media following the incident, Ronaldo wrote: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing. Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.
“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship.”
The parent of the child in question, Jake Harding, declined Ronaldo’s offer of a visit to Old Trafford to meet Ronaldo. Sarah Kelly told the Liverpool Echo: “We’ve kindly declined the offer to go to United because Jake doesn’t want to go there and he doesn’t want to see Ronaldo. He’s made that pretty clear.”
United’s next outing is the Manchester derby on October 2. Ronaldo has not started any of his side’s last four Premier League fixtures.