Alex Ferguson reacts to Solskjaer: Ronaldo can not a reserve, play with the best

Sir Alex Ferguson has criticized Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who put Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench in the Red Devils’ draw with Everton at the weekend.

Ronaldo, who rejoined United in the summer from Juventus, was left in reserve for Saturday’s Premier League game against Rafa Benitez’s Everton.

The 36-year-old striker returned to Old Trafford scoring five goals in five games before this weekend.

Solskjaer said his goal was to refresh the team after a tough win against Villarreal in the Champions League midweek.

At first it seemed that his plan would succeed, as Anthony Martial gave United the lead as a rare starter, but Andros Townsend secured a point for Everton by tying the score.

Ronaldo entered the game in the 57th minute – eight minutes before Everton’s equalizer – but failed to change the course of the game and left in a rage towards the locker room after the match.

Ferguson – former United manager – was filmed at Old Trafford talking to Khabib Nurmagomedov after the game: “But I think they (Everton) saw that Ronaldo was not playing.”

Khabib replied: “Yes, but he came on in the second half.”

The Manchester United legend added: “I know, but you always have to start the game with the best players.”

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