Solskjaer reveals if he’ll drop Ronaldo again following Ferguson criticism


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to avoid being benched again (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he will consider dropping Cristiano Ronaldo again in order to ensure he doesn’t burn out in the latter stages of the season.

The Portuguese has been the star of the show at Manchester United since returning in the summer, netting five goals in all competitions.

But prior to the international break, Solskjaer opted to bench Ronaldo with the decision backfiring as United were held to a 1-1 draw against Everton.

Ronaldo goes into Saturday’s match against Leicester off the back of scoring a hat-trick against Luxembourg for his country, but Solskjaer has suggested he will continue to manage his players’ workloads by rotating the team going forward.

‘He’s an exceptional player, exceptional finisher, goalscorer, an exceptional professional,’ Solskjaer said of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

‘It’s hard to leave him out and I think everyone would love to – how do you say? – if you can go and play six games in six days and play the same eleven every time.

‘It’s great, but rotation – we need to get to April and May with everyone firing.

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Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after the draw with Everton (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

‘We got to May in the final stretch of last season and we were too tired. I manage the players for the club.

‘It’s nice to have him on the pitch, he’ll always come up with the goods. The more we have him on the pitch, the better.’

Solskjaer’s decision to bench Ronaldo against the Toffees was criticised by large sections of the fanbase as well as high-profile pundits.

He even drew criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson, who was spotted chatting to former UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov in the wake of the Everton draw.

‘But I also think that when they (Everton) saw that Ronaldo wasn’t playing, it was a bit…’ says Ferguson in the video.

Nurmagomedov replied: ‘He came on in the second half…’

Before the Scot responded: ‘I know, but you should always start with your best players.’

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