Solskjaer responds to Ferguson criticism over not starting Ronaldo every game

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he has no concerns over Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments about starting Cristiano Ronaldo in every game for Manchester United.

Ronaldo has scored six times in his five appearances since returning to Old Trafford but was named among the substitutes in United’s final game before the international break against Everton.

The Portugal international came on in the second-half but a 1-1 draw saw United drop points at home for the second game running.

Ferguson appeared to disagree with the decision to bench Ronaldo, who scored a last-gasp winner just days before in the Champions League against Villarreal.

Ferguson was filmed talking to former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at Old Trafford after the draw, telling him while in conversation about Ronaldo that ‘you should always start your best players.’

Addressing the comments in Friday’s press conference, Solskjaer was calm over the situation, pointing out his old boss would have made similar decisions to protect his best players.

‘I’m quite relaxed about it,’ said Solskjaer.

‘I disagreed with the gaffer quite a few times and I told my wife quite a few times that I disagreed with him, but that never made headlines as a player.

‘I’m sure Sir Alex knows that it doesn’t bother me. We all want to see Cristiano. We all want to, because he’s unique, he’s different, he’s had a career and everyone wants to come and watch him.

‘But the plain fact of it is he cannot play every single game that we play, that’s just physical nature, human nature.

‘He knows how difficult this job is anyway, the gaffer. He didn’t always play the same eleven.

‘He took some risks at times to rest Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney or David Beckham, the best players that we had. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.’

United are in action away to Leicester City on Saturday.

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