Cristiano Ronaldo should have started for Man Utd in the home draw against Everton, says Sir Alex Ferguson: Report 5 Oct 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut on the bench in Man Utd’s 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Saturday; Came forward as a sub but looked disappointed on the final whistle; Sir Alex Ferguson filmed saying that Ronaldo’s absence boosted Everton and added that “you should always start with your best players”.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo should have opened Manchester United’s game against Everton, saying his absence boosted the Toffees as they claimed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford Was.
Ronaldo started Saturday’s game on the bench, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claiming his team needed to refresh after their “physically and emotionally” exhausting victory over Villarreal in the Champions League three days ago.
Ronaldo was brought in during the second half against Everton – when United were winning 1-0 – but was unable to help them hold onto the win.
United have now won only two of their last six matches and Ronaldo looked disappointed throughout Saturday, grumbling to himself as he walked straight down the tunnel.
Ferguson – who won 13 Premier League titles during his reign at United – was in attendance at Old Trafford on Saturday and was filmed talking to UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov after the game.
In a video posted by the Russian on social media, Ferguson is heard saying Everton was promoted “when they saw Ronaldo was not playing.”
After Nurmagomedov – who retired last year with a 29-0 record – points out that Ronaldo came in the second half, Scott replied: “Yeah, I know … but you always have to start with your best players.” should do.”
Manchester United is not commenting on the story.
Ronaldo has scored five goals in six matches since returning to United from Juventus this summer.
He was first signed for the club by Ferguson when he was an 18-year-old at Sporting Lisbon in 2003, before being sold to Real Madrid six years later for a then-world record fee.
Ronaldo has said Ferguson played a part in persuading him to make a dramatic return to Old Trafford this summer.
Gary Neville says Ronaldo’s actions at Old Trafford only serve to increase pressure on Manchester United boss Solskjaer.
Neville said on his latest podcast, “I watched the game and I saw him running. I can’t say I liked it.”
“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano angry as hell when the team doesn’t win? Of course. We know those things. He Does not have to be proved.
“He walks off the pitch, grumbling to himself, which raises questions in the air. What is he saying? What is he angry with? It can only come back to the manager.
“Cristiano is smart enough to know that such actions will put real pressure on the manager – much more than he already is.
“It’s the same, but I think it’s something that has to be managed over the next few months.
“Cristiano isn’t always going to score and he might not play every game. But if he’s going to go that way, it’s going to put a lot of pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
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