Solskjaer’s Ronaldo decision questioned by Sir Alex Ferguson in footage released after Man Utd draw
The video toured social media in the aftermath of a 1-1 result against Everton on Saturday
Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to criticize Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to limit Cristiano Ronaldo to a substitute role last weekend, with the club legend revealing his point in a conversation with the arts superstar mixed martial arts Khabib Nurmagomedov who has surfaced on social networks.
Ronaldo was brought in in the 57th minute against Everton on Saturday with the Red Devils ahead 1-0, but a goal from Andros Townsend eight minutes later forced them to settle for a draw.
Ferguson, the most successful manager in United history, said “you should always start with your best players” in reference to Ronaldo’s diminished role.
What was said?
The video begins halfway through the conversation, with Ferguson saying: “I also think when they saw that Ronaldo wasn’t playing…”
Nurmagomedov reminds him that Ronaldo entered the second half before Ferguson stepped in, replying: “I know, but you should always start with your best players.”
A bigger picture
Many United fans consider everything Ferguson says to be close to the gospel, so his influence on the club remains strong, and his clue that he does not agree with Solskjaer’s managerial approach will likely increase the pressure on the current manager.
A string of poor results have made Solskjaer a target for disgruntled fans who believe their side should dominate the division as they did during Ronaldo’s first stint at Old Trafford.
As a result, his choices beyond Ronaldo’s leadership have been criticized, with his affection for midfield duo Scott McTominay and Fred (aka McFred) proving particularly polarizing.