Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against Everton on Saturday has been dubbed a ‘sackable offence’ by former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor.
The former Aston Villa man was heavily critical of the Manchester United manager yesterday whilst stating that he seemed ‘happy with a draw’.
Following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton, in which Ronaldo was not introduced until the second-half, the Portuguese star cut a frustrated figure as he marched straight down the tunnel upon the final whistle.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s surprising team selection not only saw Ronaldo benched, but Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho also dropped from the starting 11.
Solskjaer looked as if his decision would pay off in the first-half, with Anthony Martial scoring to give United the lead. However, in the second half United began to lose their momentum, especially after Ronaldo’s introduction from the bench, and the Toffees deservedly drew level, with the teams sharing the points.
After the game, Ronaldo walked off the pitch in frustration – marching straight down the tunnel.
And speaking to TalkSPORT, Agbonlahor has heavily criticised the Man Utd manager’s decisions.
He said: “It was a sackable offence to not start Ronaldo. You play your best team – next week is an international break.
“Why are you resting your players before an international break?
“Ole got it totally wrong.”
Just before the full-time whistle was blown, Solskjaer was pictured laughing in a jovial manner as his team were seemingly about to drop points at home against Everton – an image which has frustrated many United fans.
Agbonlahor added: “He’s laughing on the touch line – when Benitez is still managing his team trying to get the win.
“It shows he’s happy with a draw – Manchester United should not be happy with a draw at home to Everton.”
A number of United players have since come out and said that their performance was not good enough.
Bruno Fernandes told Match of the Day: “We should win this game.