Sir Alex Ferguson adds to Cristiano Ronaldo pressure on Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Sir Alex Ferguson has piled more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his comments about the Norwegian’s decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo over the weekend. The Portuguese superstar was left out of the starting line-up for the 1-1 draw with Everton.

Legendary Manchester United boss Ferguson openly appeared to admit that he disagreed with Solskjaer’s decision to leave Ronaldo on the bench against Everton.

The 36-year-old was made to wait until the 57th minute before entering the fray at Old Trafford, with United leading 1-0 at time time.

The decision to leave Ronaldo on the bench drew plenty of criticism, with Gary Neville among those to call out Solskjaer for not getting a result after the gutsy call.

But Ferguson was also caught criticising his former player Solskjaer on ex-UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Instagram.

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Speaking in the directors’ lounge at Old Trafford, the Russian caught Ferguson saying: “But I also think that when they (Everton) saw that Ronaldo wasn’t playing, it was a bit…”

To which Khabib replied: “He came on in the second half…”

“I know, but you should always start with your best players,” Ferguson warned.

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Solskjaer’s former team-mate Neville gave his honest verdict of the Ronaldo situation on his Sky Sports podcast.

He said: “I watched the game and I watched him walk off. I can’t say I like it.

“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is he upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team doesn’t win? Of course. We know these things, he doesn’t need to prove that.

“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself which in some ways throws the questions up in the air. ‘What’s he saying? Who’s he annoyed with?’ And it can only come back to the manager.

“So I do think actions like that – Ronaldo is smart enough to know – will bring real pressure, more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“It is what it is but I think that has to be managed in the next couple of months. Cristiano won’t always score and can’t play ever single game, but I think if he’s going to walk off like that it’s going to put immense pressure on Ole.

“There’s no doubt the talk after the game was about the manager.”

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