Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has created a ‘big negative’ at Man Utd – McLeish


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could still be regretting his decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has created a ‘big negative’ at the club after opting to bench Cristiano Ronaldo.

That’s the view of former Premier League and Scotland manager Alex McLeish.

The Portuguese forward has been one of United’s standout players so far this season, netting five goals in all competitions since his summer switch from Juventus.

And that’s why Solskjaer deciding to start Ronaldo on the bench in United’s last match against Everton raised plenty of eyebrows.

The Norwegian’s decision backfired as United were held to a 1-1 draw. Ronaldo was introduced in the second half but couldn’t get on the scoresheet.

And while McLeish can see why Solskjaer was trying to manage the 36-year-old’s workload, he believes the decision has done more damage than good.

‘He’s probably done it to keep his performances at a really high level and maintain his freshness,’ he told Football Insider.

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Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after Man Utd’s 1-1 draw with Everton (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

‘That’s the dreams of a manager, the visions of what he’s thinking – but in actual fact it’s caused a big negative because Ronaldo will want to start.

‘Ole will be thinking about his age, his fitness and probably because of the scheduling in football now, perhaps managers start to overthink these things and look ahead too early.

‘Ole’s getting a bit of stick for it but that’s what happens in management when you’re not getting the results, especially when you don’t play your star player.’

Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel at full-time of the Everton match and former Red Devil Gary Neville felt Solskjaer will have had to have had words with him over his behaviour.

Neville said: ‘I think he’ll have a word with Cristiano and say “look,…

Source : metro

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