Solskjaer explains Ronaldo dropping for Man Utd vs Everton

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER insists his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s clash with Everton today was simply to ‘freshen it up’.

The Red Devils boss has left Ronaldo on the bench and decided to recall Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial instead.

Ronaldo has been dropped for the first time since returning to the Premier League

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Ronaldo has been dropped for the first time since returning to the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty

But Solskjaer played down Ronaldo’s omission from the starting line-up as they prepare to take on Rafa Benitez’s tough Everton side.

Explaining the decision, he said: “Well Wednesday was a big effort, big emotional and physical output so needed to freshen it up.

“Start of this game is very important, got big players coming on too,
we believe it’s a team that can take charge of the game.”

Everton boss Benitez seemed as surprised as everybody else that Ronaldo had been left out.

He simply said: “Yes, maybe everybody was expecting he would play. They still have a very strong team.”


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