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Cristiano Ronaldo tells Man Utd boss Solskjaer to play him every game after being benched vs Everton

CRISTIANO RONALDO has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘I’m fit to start every Premier League game.’

After sitting on the bench for Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton a week ago, the Portuguese international delivered a message to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Ronaldo was incredibly disappointed after being benched,” a United source added.

After the Villarreal game, Ole assumed that he was exhausted and chose to simply bring him in for a little period of time in the second half.

“However, Cristiano assured him that he will inform him if he is unable to participate in a game and that he intends to participate in every single league game.”

In addition, he informed him that he had come to win trophies and that United needed to field their most essential players in all of the games.

Cristiano Ronaldo only came off the bench against Everton in the 75th minute
Cristiano Ronaldo only came off the bench against Everton in the 75th minute | Credit: AFP

After playing a full game against Villarreal three days earlier — in which he scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute — Solskjaer decided to rest Ronaldo for the Toffees’ visit. The Norwegian coach believed Ronaldo needed a rest.

As he marched down the tunnel at the final whistle of the 1-1 draw with Everton, Ron’s irritation was evident to all. He had come in to replace Edinson Cavani after 57 minutes.
‘I spoke to him before the game, and I spoke to him after the game, and he was ready to come on when he was called upon,’ added Solskjaer, 48.

Unfortunately, when we don’t win, Cristiano is dissatisfied, and that’s not a mindset you want from any of your players. No problem at all.” “It’s not a problem at all.”

Ronaldo had already been displeased with himself after being left out of the team for the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham the week before, when Ole made 11 substitutions.

In no way can the dialogue be defined as a bust-up, and there has been no public display of displeasure.

Solskjaer explained to his superstar that he was only looking out for his best interests, but he acknowledged and respected the five-time Champions League winner’s point of view.

Ronaldo was not happy being on the bench against the Toffees
Ronaldo was not happy being on the bench against the Toffees Credit: EPA

However, ahead of today’s trip to Leicester, United manager Jose Mourinho made it clear that he would not be able to play Ronaldo all of the time.

“We all want to see Cristiano because he’s one-of-a-kind,” Solskjaer explained. However, the simple fact of the matter is that he is unable to participate in every game due to his physical limitations.”

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