Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed he made the correct decision in benching Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s draw with Everton on Saturday.
Ronaldo was a surprise name on the substitutes’ bench as United entertained Everton on Saturday lunchtime.
The game came three days after United had beaten Villarreal in the Champions League thanks to a late Ronaldo goal.
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Solskjaer has not shifted from his position that he will manage Ronaldo’s workload, and the Norwegian felt another start would not have been the right move for the 36-year-old.
“You make decisions throughout a long, long season and you have to manage the players’ workload," Solskjaer said. "The decision was, for me, a correct one.
"Anthony Martial came in and did well, scored a good goal. Edinson [Cavani] needed minutes and got an hour, he could have scored."
Ronaldo climbed off the bench with United 1-0 to the good but saw Everton hit the Red Devils on the counter.
He had one chance to win the game, but flashed a shot wide from a tight angle - leaving United on 14 points from seven games.
Everton thought they had won the game late on when Yerry Mina turned the ball home, only for a VAR check to deem him offside.
The Toffees had the run of Old Trafford for Mina’s disallowed goal, after Ben Godfrey had won the ball cheaply from Jadon Sancho - and Solskjaer had words with the England international.
“I had a word with Jadon,” Solskjaer said. “You can’t duck out of tackles in the Premier League and I’m sure he won’t again."
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22/01/2022 AT 14:02