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Cristiano Ronaldo STORMS down the tunnel shaking his head after Man United are held to a by Everton

Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel in frustration after Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against Everton.

There was shock before the game when it was announced that the Portuguese superstar would start the game on the bench. 

United took the lead through Anthony Martial but couldn’t find a winner after Andros Townsend bagged a second half equaliser.

Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly frustrated after Manchester United’s draw against Everton

He was seen muttering to himself as he stormed down the tunnel at Old Trafford

He was seen muttering to himself as he stormed down the tunnel at Old Trafford

After the final whistle the 36-year-old was seen muttering to himself and visibly looked angry after he stormed down the tunnel.

Since Ronaldo made his comeback against Newcastle last month, United have now failed to win four out of their seven games in all competitions.

It was the second time they dropped points in what is expected to be a fiercely contested Premier League title fight this season, after they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa at Old Trafford last weekend.

There was much surprise when it was announced Ronaldo was only on the bench

There was much surprise when it was announced Ronaldo was only on the bench

He eventually came on a second-half substitute but Andros Townsend gave Everton a point

He eventually came on a second-half substitute but Andros Townsend gave Everton a point

BT pundit Jermaine Jenas was puzzled as to why Ronaldo was left on the bench at the start

BT pundit Jermaine Jenas was puzzled as to why Ronaldo was left on the bench at the start

When asked about Ronaldo’s post-match reaction with the game, his former United teammate Rio Ferdinand said he could ‘understand’ his frustration.

Ferdinand told BT Sport: (He’s) Disappointed with the result. He scored five in five, he wanted to continue that form and shoot his team to victory – I understand his frustrations. 

‘You have to say with the depth of the squad that United should still get that done. Everton didn’t have their first-choice strikers. Nine games without a clean sheet is poor for United.’

Ferdinand’s co-pundit Jermaine Jenas added: ‘He wants to win a league, he understands importance of points, he’s fuming. For a manager that’s a blessing, he’s bound to be upset.’

Jenas was also puzzled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave out Cristiano Ronaldo saying it would give Everton confidence to see his name not on the teamsheet.

United have failed to win in four of the seven games since Ronaldo made his comeback

United have failed to win in four of the seven games since Ronaldo made his comeback

Ferdinand responded to Jenas: ‘Cristiano has five in five, would you see other people take out their top goal scorers? 

‘Would Kane, Aguero at City, Salah – but he’s (Ronaldo) 36 and you have to manage his load. If they had another game on Tuesday and next week but the question for me is that he’s going international duty for Qatar and Luxembourg?’

Jenas added: ‘Why are they managing his load. Did you see him in the Euros, played every game. To me today didn’t feel like the type of game to rest your star man.’ 

Many supporters were quick to turn on Solskjaer, with social media quickly becoming awash with complaints regarding the decision before the game, which was compounded by the fact Paul Pogba had also been benched.

‘Does Ole think it’s a cup game!?’ wrote one baffled fan.

Another added: ‘Pogba Ronaldo on the bench…..Martial Fred McTominay starting! Clearly wants to bore Everton into defeat!’ 

Taking things to a more extreme level, another Twitter user went all out and said under-fire Solskjaer deserves to be sacked simply for leaving Ronaldo out of the line up.

Solskjaer admitted his side were disappointed after the game to drop points at home.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scratches his head after United again dropped points at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scratches his head after United again dropped points at Old Trafford

He said: ‘Part of it was really good, thought we started well, coming in 1-0 you’re pleased. Second half we lacked the cutting edge to get the second because from our corner we concede, that was disappointing.

‘We weren’t too open, we had enough players behind the ball, and we didn’t deal with the tackles when we should have had. We just didn’t regroup and reorganise well enough.

‘We gave them a few counter attacks, they didn’t play through us at all really. We need to be better at when to risk it, that’s the big lesson today.

‘Anthony did well, could have had one or two more, very good goal by the way. We didn’t concede many chances today but we conceded a goal, we didn’t deal with one or two moments but that’s every game in the Premier League. You can work all day long on systems but it has to be dealt with.’

Everton’s equaliser would have compounded frustration on Ronaldo as Townsend mimicked the Portguese legend’s trademark celebration.

Andros Townsend mimicked Ronaldo's celebration though declared the star as his 'idol'

Andros Townsend mimicked Ronaldo’s celebration though declared the star as his ‘idol’

After the game the winger said: ‘He’s my idol. I grew up watching Ronaldo, I spent hours on the training pitch trying to execute his techniques.

‘Maybe should have spent longer on the celebration because it wasn’t great.’  

Manchester United missed out on the chance to take the lead in the standings before their rivals play this weekend.

BT Sport pundit Jenas said Solskjaer got his team selection wrong while Ferdinand added that fans wouldn’t be happy.

Jenas said: ‘Being at Manchester United, those are the standard games. Today is a blip in the road, I think Ole got it wrong, seemed obsessed with the kick-off time this week, a lot of talk about Liverpool and City and I think that’s why he’s changed things round.

Ferdinand added: ‘Disappointed today. No fans will be walking out the stadium bouncing. Based on the team Rafa had available so you expect a clean sheet and you expect to put that team away.  

‘Dominated the ball but only had 13 shots, Everton had 12. They have to get out of this, create a fortress here, got to build confidence here.’   



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