Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Cristiano Ronaldo was demoted to the bench versus Everton
Ole rings the changes
Following a last gasp victory over Villareal in midweek, Manchester United take on Everton in the early kick-off slot on Saturday as they look to keep pace with the Premier League leaders ahead of the October international break.
To this end, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rung the changes, leaving out star trio Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo, all of whom started in the Champions League.
Presenting Ole’s Reds to take on Everton #MUFC | #MUNEVE
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In a much-changed side, Luke Shaw returned to the side from injury, while Harry Maguire remains out after limping out of their clash against Aston Villa.
This means that Victor Lindelof partners Raphael Varane, with a rare start for Anthony Martial in attack alongside the returning Edinson Cavani.
2007 – Cristiano Ronaldo is starting a Premier League match at Old Trafford from the bench for the first time since May 2007, when Man Utd lost 0-1 to West Ham on the final day of the 2006-07 season. Unusual.
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Ole explains Ronaldo and Pogba absence
When asked about his team selection, Ole was quick to point to the efforts made on Wednesday night, which saw Pogba, Sancho and Ronaldo all start the game, and the Portuguese forward ultimately net the winner in the 95th minute.
The Norwegian boss said:
“Wednesday night was a big effort, a big emotional and physical output, so we needed to freshen it up when it’s an early kick-off. The start of this game is going to be very important, and we’ve got some very good players coming on.”
Ole on his team selection: “Wednesday night was a big effort, a big emotional and physical output, so we needed to freshen it up when it’s an early kick-off. The start of this game is going to be very important, and we’ve got some very good players coming on.” #MUFC
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Will they prove decisive from the bench?