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Cristiano Ronaldo news: Solskjaer defends decision to start superstar on bench vs Everton

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton
Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his decision to leave footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench during their 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday - while admitting that his side lacked a "cutting edge" on the night.

Ronaldo was left on the bench for the game after his midweek match-winning display against Villarreal lit up Old Trafford, with Solskjaer opting to start Edinson Cavani in his place along with Anthony Martial who netted his first goal of the season with a deflected strike.

The Norwegian though had to bring on Ronaldo in the 57th minute as United struggled to kill off the game in the second-half, though he defended his decision to rest the 36-year-old on the bench.

“The thinking is that we have 60 games throughout the long season. These players play at a high, high, high intensity every three days. Wednesday night was a tough game for us, mentally, physically and you need to manage the minutes, and also Edinson, Anthony [started], many good players you know," he said post the game.

“You have to rotate at times and I think everyone would understand that no player can play every single game in a long, long season.”

The draw on the night means that the Red Devils find themselves placed third on the Premier League table with 14 points from seven games and it will be interesting to see how they perform when they play Leicester City following the resumption of club football after the international break.

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