Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not playing Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton was a ‘sackable offence’
The 36-year-old has been in incredible form for the Red Devils ever since he made the move to Manchester at the end of August. In just five starts for his new club, Ronaldo has knocked in five goals, including scoring the winner in added time against Villarreal at Old Trafford in mid-week.
Counting those instances and performances, most fans would have been hoping for the Portuguese to start against Everton. However, he was benched and the likes of Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani, and Mason Greenwood started the game.
Although the Villarreal and Everton games were only 2 days apart, Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Solskjaer should have started the 36-year-old anyway. The former Premier League striker told talkSPORT (h/t Metro):
“It’s a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo in itself. Ronaldo you have to play him, you just put yourself under so much pressure by not playing him, he has to start.
“He’s been brought in on probably £700,000 a week so to play games and win leagues for Manchester United. He’s in that squad to win the Premier League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not going to win the league for Manchester United.”
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Although Ronaldo was brought on in the second half, he could not influence the game, and it ended 1-1, causing United to drop points for the second week in a row. With games coming thick and fast for the Old Trafford outfit, it remains to be seen how Solskjaer manages his star centre-forward’s game-time this season.