Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was facing a lot of heat from the fans after his decision to use Cristiano Ronaldo as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton. His decision has now been criticised by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson himself.
Ronaldo did not feature in the game until the 57th minute. United were leading 1-0 when he came on, only for Everton to score an equaliser through Andros Townsend and the match ended in a frustrating draw for the Red Devils who are going through a patchy form.
The Legendary United Manager, who managed both Solksjaer and Ronaldo during his time at Old Trafford, was seen talking to former UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov about the matter.
Ferguson appears to suggest Ronaldo should have started the game against the Toffees.
I also think that when they saw Ronaldo wasn’t playing,” Ferguson says to the Russian who points out that the Portuguese came on in the second half. “Of course but you should always start with your best player,” the Scott says after which the conversation shifts to his health.
The Red Devils, who are 20-times English champions, have won one of their last four matches. That was when Ronaldo scored a late winner in the Champions League against Villarreal at Old Trafford last week. Fans have constantly doubted Solskjaer’s continuing suitability as a successor to Ferguson, who managed the club to 13 Premier League titles and won the Champions League twice.
Mike Phelan, who was Ferguson’s assistant in his later years at Old Trafford, has been handed a new three-year contract that will run until June 2024. The length of his contract is the same as that of Solskjaer, who signed a similar extension in July, an indication that their job is more than safe at the moment.