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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes a sole proprietor – and it becomes a problem for Solskjaer

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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes a sole proprietor… he makes headlines when United win, but is also the center of attention when they don’t – and it becomes a problem for Solskjaer

  • Manchester United were held against a 1-1 draw by Everton at Old Trafford
  • Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines after being let off the grid
  • The Portugal star has lifted the whole club since he switched from Juventus
  • But the attacker’s one-man show is a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer











Another week, another sharp exit from Cristiano Ronaldo. First through the tunnel at Old Trafford after Manchester United lost to Aston Villa, he stomped off again after this draw with Everton. Face like thunder, muttering to himself.

That’s Ronaldo. The man will invariably make headlines when United win, but he also has a habit of being the center of attention when things don’t go according to plan – and that becomes a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Those who believe Ronaldo’s return has had a negative effect on United are very much in the minority. Five goals in five starts before resting against Everton doesn’t begin to tell the story.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a frustrated figure when Manchester United were held to a draw by Everton

The attacker furiously stormed into the tunnel after United slipped their 1-0 lead over Old Trafford

The attacker furiously stormed into the tunnel after United slipped their 1-0 lead over Old Trafford

The Portuguese star has lifted the whole club and when he came out of the dugout to warm up on Saturday, the mood at Old Trafford changed in an instant.

The problem is that having Ronaldo comes at a cost and we are not just talking about his £500,000 a week salary. He has the potential to be a sole proprietor, as Solskjaer rediscovered.

The pre-match chat focused almost entirely on his decision to start Ronaldo on the bench to protect the 36-year-old from Villarreal two and a half days after his late winner.

Ronaldo takes center stage when United win or lose and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a problem

Ronaldo takes center stage when United win or lose and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a problem

Pre-match chatter focused on Solskjaer's decision to let Ronaldo start on the bench

Pre-match chatter focused on Solskjaer’s decision to let Ronaldo start on the bench

After the game, the talk turned to Andros Townsend mimicking Ronaldo’s signature goal celebration when he equalized for Everton, and another hasty departure from full-time by United’s number 7.

Ronaldo was furious that Townsend had equalized after a move that started with a corner from Bruno Fernandes and involved a series of United errors en route to the other side of the pitch.

When VAR checked Yerry Mina’s late attempt before disallowing it for offside, Ronaldo stood on the sidelines glaring at his manager. His mood had not improved when he came off the field for the first time shortly afterwards, all eyes on him.

What was it that Solskjaer said on Friday about there being no place for sulkers at United?

So was it the right decision to give Ronaldo almost an hour’s rest against Everton? Probably not, if United stop playing in a fortnight.

That said, he barely set the world on fire after playing for Edinson Cavani in the 57th minute, with United leading Anthony Martial’s first goal for his club in eight months.

Everton equalized and was understandably disappointed not to win. Having lost three of his last six games, Solskjaer will be left wondering if he should get more out of a gifted group of players.

“We have a lot to work on and we need to improve, we know that. So the short answer is yes,” Solskjaer replied. “I believe in these players and I believe that something is going on. But the proof is in the pudding. We need results and you need to show up.”

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