‘He deserves to be sacked just for benching Ronaldo’: Man United fans BLAST boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for dropping superstar for Everton clash – as Jermaine Jenas also questions decision because it gives opponents a ‘lift’
- Manchester United host Everton in the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to rest talisman Cristiano Ronaldo despite his form
- Pundits Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Jenas were split on his call to do so
- Vast majority of United fans were furious and made their opinion known online
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to drop returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench for the visit of Everton at Old Trafford has strongly divided opinion.
The United boss made the call to ease the minutes of the talisman, despite Ronaldo’s return of five goals in five games since his emotional homecoming.
News of Ronaldo only making the bench for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s in-form Everton has also been greeted poorly by the vast majority of supporters, who feel the club legend should be allowed to continue his blistering momentum.
The controversial decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo has divided opinion among fans
After hearing Solskjaer’s team selection, former United star Rio Ferdinand could understand the logic.
He said in the BT Sport studio: ‘You rest Ronaldo at times, he’d expect it at 36. National team games after this… he’s bringing in [Edinson] Cavani, someone’s who got goals last season and who’s a leader. More surprising is that [Jesse] Lingard deserves a start.’
Fellow pundit Jermaine Jenas did not quite agree however. He said: ‘It doesn’t feel like the type of game that you should be taking characters out.
‘Always concerned about the message it sends to Everton, you’re Mina and Keane and thinking no Ronaldo, lovely. You get a lift in that away team dressing room; we can get some points here.
Solskjaer defended his decision by saying the team needed to be freshened up for the tie
‘Wednesday night was a big effort both physically and emotionally so it’s important that in a 12.20 kick-off we start on the front foot and freshen the team,’ Solskjaer said on BT Sport prior to kick-off, in explaining his thought-process.
Many supporters were quick to turn on Solskjaer however, with social media quickly becoming awash with complaints regarding the decision, 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 more extreme, another Twitter user went all out and said under-fire Solskjaer deserves to be sacked simply for leaving Ronaldo out of the line up.