Rain of criticism in England about the Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after his decision to seat Cristiano Ronaldo 20 minutes before the end of the game against Young Boys (2-1). The Norwegian retired the forward despite the fact that his team played with ten from the first half and that the Swiss had just tied the game. Finally the local team added the three points with a goal in the discount to place themselves by surprise as leaders of Group F.
It was not the debut dreamed of by Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League after his return to Manchester United. The Portuguese forward scored the opening goal of the match against the Swiss Young Boys, but the team ended up losing (2-1) on the first day of the group stage. In addition, Cristiano did not finish the game as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to replace him in the 71st minute with Lingard. A very controversial decision.
The Norwegian coach sat Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes twenty minutes ahead of the game, when the Young Boys had just drawn the tie. “They have run a lot between Saturday and today,” justified Solskjaer, at a press conference, about the substitution. He also referred to artificial turf as one more reason to give his players rest.
But the decision to seat Cristiano Ronaldo was not understood by many, especially knowing the final defeat of the Red Devils in discount. “We can question the alignment. If it is the first match of the Champions League and the next match is not until Sunday against West Ham… Why don’t you take your best team out with your best players? ”Said Peter Schmeichel to CBS Sports.
Rain of criticism to Solskjaer and to the own CR7
«Then remove Cristiano. The fans want Cristiano on the field, even if the team only has 10 players, because if he catches the ball he can make things happen. For a long time United fans have waited for a player of this style and they change him for one who last year he sent on loan to another team, for a player who tried to sell, who tried to give up … and changes him for Cristiano. I find it a bit strange, “added the former goalkeeper.
Cristiano Ronaldo himself also called attention for his gestures when he was changed and later in the band. The Portuguese was giving instructions to his teammates next to the coach, an attitude that he appreciated Rio Ferdinand. If I am the coach, I would tell him to sit down. But I get it, he is a passionate boy, he wants to win, he needs to win and he can’t stand it. If that implies that he has to get up and stand next to the coach to give instructions, so be it, “he said.