Sir Alex Ferguson was not happy that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not start Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton

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Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson was not pleased that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not start Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

In the game which ended 1-1 at Old Trafford in the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo started from the bench for the first time since he returned to the club from Juventus.

Recall that Ronaldo played under Alex Ferguson for 6 years (between 2003 and 2009) before he left the club for Real Madrid for a then world transfer record.

It is believed that Sir Ferguson played a prominent role in ensuring that Ronaldo returned to Manchester United when he was tired of life at Juventus.

Since the return of Ronaldo, he has scored in all the games he started in which made him remain one of the most prominent members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo coming in for Edison Cavani during Manchester United and Everton league game.
Cristiano Ronaldo coming in for Edison Cavani during Manchester United and Everton league game.

Reports in the United Kingdom claimed that Ronaldo was not happy with something after the 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Everton.

The 36-year-old Portuguese icon was seen walking off the pitch immediately after the final whistle muttering some words to himself.

It was not clear what made Ronaldo so angry that he decided to walk straight to the locker room after the game, it is believed that he was not happy that he had to play from the bench.

This perception is in line with that of Sir Alex Ferguson who was caught on camera telling UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov at Old Trafford during the game that the absence of Ronaldo in the starting eleven gave Everton a boost.

Sir Alex Ferguson and UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson and UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov at Old Trafford.

“But you should always start with your best players”, Sir Ferguson was also heard saying in a video Nurmagomedov shared on social media after the game.

Recall that when coach Solskjaer was asked why he decided to start Ronaldo from the bench, he said he wanted to refresh the team after a hard-earned 2-1 win over Villarreal a few days before the game against Everton.

The 1-1 draw with Everton and other inconsistent results have placed Solskjaer under massive pressure to perform or be kicked out. It is believed that Ronaldo’s unhappiness after the draw with Everton and Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments could triple the pressure on coach Solskjaer.

Manchester United are currently sitting on the 14th spot with 14 points in 7 games, 2 points below first placed Chelsea, and 2 points above 7th placed Brentford.