Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘furious’ at being benched for Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Everton, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to ‘freshen’ his team up at Old Trafford on Saturday following Man United’s midweek Champions League victory over Villarreal.
With five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo left on the bench, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial started for the Red Devils, and the change initially appeared to pay dividends.
French forward Martial opened his account for the season with Manchester United’s opener on the stroke of half-time, but the hosts failed to build on their lead as Everton came back into the game after the break.
The Toffees scored a deserved equaliser on 65 minutes through Andros Townsend – eight minutes after Ronaldo came off the bench to replace Cavani.
Ronaldo missed a half chance late on but it was Everton who came closest to securing a winner, with Yerry Mina’s tap-in four minutes from time ruled out for offside after a VAR check.
Portugal legend Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after the final whistle and the Daily Express say he was ‘furious’ at being dropped for the Premier League clash.
The 36-year-old has made an impressive start to his second spell at Old Trafford, scoring five goals in six appearances.
Solskjaer defended his decision to bench Ronaldo after the 1-1 draw with Everton, telling reporters: ‘You make decisions throughout a long, long season and you have to manage the players workload and the decision for me was the correct one.
‘Anthony Martial came in and did well, scored a good goal. Edinson needed minutes, he got an hour and could have had a goal. It was a great cross and good chance for him. We have to make those decisions at times.’
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, said he understood Ronaldo’s frustration after the Old Trafford stalemate.
Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘Disappointing the result, I understand that, we’ve all been there.
‘He scored five in five, he’s a man in form who wanted to continue that vein in form and get goals – shoot his team to victory on a day like today.
‘I understand frustrations and it comes out sometimes like that, [Paul] Pogba was straight down the tunnel after him, both probably disappointed.’
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