Dropping Ronaldo to the bench against Everton was ‘right’ - Solskjaer

Sat 02 October 2021 | 15:56

The Red Devils forward played as a substitute in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Everton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

insisted that dropping

Cristiano Ronaldo

to the bench was the ‘correct decision’ notwithstanding

Manchester United

being held to a 1-1 draw with



The Portugal international netted the winner against


in the stoppage-time during their Champions League clash but he appeared as a substitute against Everton.

Edinson Cavani was assigned to lead the United line, while Anthony Martial met the back of the net for Solskjaer’s side.

Solskjaer told reporters:

"You make decisions for a long, long season and you have to manage the players’ workload. The decision was, for me, a correct one.

"Anthony Martial came in and did well, scored a good goal. Edinson needed minutes and got an hour, he could have scored."

Having lost 1-0 against Aston Villa last weekend, the Red Devils were disappointed following Andros Townsend’s equalizer which earned Everton one point.

United boss Solskjaer added:

"We did have enough players behind the ball, we made a couple of bad decisions which cost us in those 10 seconds on that counterattack. That is something where we were well enough organised behind the ball but we should have dealt with the danger better.

"Every game is a big game at Man United. We just have to be focused, make sure we use the international break well, us as coaches who are staying at home, come back with energy again, a clear focus, good mindset.

"Today we dominated, we just couldn't get that second goal we needed. Everton, as we knew from last season, could score from nowhere."

Although United have lost points in their last two league games, they have gained four more points in their first seven games than last season.

"I thought it was a very, very good goal [from Martial], a great goal but you are sat here a bit disappointed and deflated. We were in control, we dominated the game, I can't say total control as we conceded.

"We do face games and opponents more and more that allow us to have more possession. They go away disappointed but we have started better than last season but it is still not what we wanted."

source: SportMob

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