Cristiano Ronaldo’s acceptance from Manchester United’s starting lineup at the weekend startled Match of the Day appraisers, and it appears his old executive Sir Alex Ferguson was as well.
“ You should always start with your top players,” the starex-United executive said in a discussion with former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at Old Trafford.
It came after Ronaldo was kept on the bench for United’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday until the 57th shake.
In a vid released on Nurmagomedov’s Instagram, Ferguson says the Toffees were given a boost “ when they discovered Ronaldo was n’t playing …” in a vid released on Nurmagomedov’s Instagram. Ferguson was either informed by Nurmagomedov that Ronaldo was introduced in the original half, before stating that players of his quality should start.
At full- time, Ronaldo appeared to stomp off the field, furious and cursing to himself.
On Match of the Day, Ian Wright, a former England and Arsenal striker, said, “ When you ’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to construct a gang and structure around him so it can work for him.” “ If you have a match winner on your gang and you ca n’t set it up for him to play in there and do what he does, he ’ll walk off the pitch like that.”
United exec Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on the other hand, justified his choice to rest the 36- bit-old captain of Portugal.
“ Me and him, we know more than the professionals,” Solskjaer stated.
It’s all about knowing when to play him and when not to play him. He’s no longer a pup, but he’s still as professional as ever and ready to go, and he showed up moment with vigour and carriage. “
Meanwhile, Mike Phelan, United’s adjutant administrant, has extended his contract with the club until 2024. Phelan was a member of Ferguson’s coaching staff before returning to Old Trafford in December 2018, when Solskjaer was appointed caretaker administrant.
United is also looking to extend the contracts of first- band trainers Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.