Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he disagreed with Sir Alex Ferguson’s assessment that Cristiano Ronaldo should have started against Everton and that this is not the first time he has made a difference. opinions with your ex-coach.
Ferguson was caught in a video telling former UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, “you should always start with your best players” after Solskjaer decided to replace Ronaldo with a 1-1 draw with the from Rafael Benítez to Old Trafford. The Norwegian, however, has supported the team selection.
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“I’m very relaxed, but of course it’s not really fair for something like that to spread,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday. “You always have opinions and you talk to people, you talk to people with confidence.
“I disagreed with the gaffer player quite a few times and told my wife quite a few times that I didn’t agree with him, but that he never got to the headlines as a player.” I’m sure Sir Alex knows it doesn’t bother me. We all want to see Cristiano.
“We all want it, because it’s unique, it’s different, it has a professional career and everyone wants to come and see it. But the clear fact is that you can’t play all the games we do, that’s just physical nature, human nature But he knows how hard this job is anyway, the gaffer.
“He didn’t always play the same XI. Sometimes he risked resting Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney or David Beckham, the best players we had. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Ronaldo came off the bench in the second half against Everton, but could not prevent United from dropping points. He appeared to shake his head as he walked down the tunnel after the final whistle, prompting Gary Neville to say he “didn’t like” his former teammate’s reaction.
Neville believes Ronaldo’s clip would only increase the pressure on Solskjaer after winning just two of his last six games before his trip to Leicester City on Saturday.
“I want my players not to be happy with a situation,” Solskjaer said. “I talked to him before the game, I talked to him after the game and he was ready to come in when they called him.
“Unfortunately, when we don’t win, Cristiano isn’t happy and that’s a mindset you want from all the players. That’s not a problem.”
Solskjaer said he will have Marcus Rashford available for the first time this season after naming his team’s English striker to face Leicester. Rashford has not played since the Euro 2020 final after undergoing shoulder surgery and Solskjaer said it was the right time for the 23-year-old to “prioritize” football.
“He’s done remarkable things at an early age, but now he’s reaching the best age for a footballer and he’s learning and having more experience,” Solskjaer said. “He has time to think, you know what he’s done off the pitch, because he’s done fantastic things and now, to prioritize, maybe prioritize his football and focus on football because he has a challenge in his hands Man United, he has a challenge on his hands to play in England and I think Marcus is one of those who takes on these challenges and will.
“He’s going to express himself and his talent and he knows we want a lot of him, but we’ll give him time to get back to what he was and what he can be.”