Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Explains Decision to Hand Cristiano Ronaldo Full 90 Minutes in His Second Man Utd Debut

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Solskjaer gave Ronaldo full 90 minutes in his second Man Utd debut
Solskjaer gave Ronaldo full 90 minutes in his second Man Utd debut / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he would only have subbed Cristiano Ronaldo off in his second Man Utd debut if the Portuguese attacker had asked for it.

Solskjaer fielded Ronaldo in Man Utd's first XI for the clash with Newcastle United, handing the 36-year-old a second debut at the club from the off.

Solskjaer did reap the rewards for his decision as Cristiano Ronaldo put Man Utd ahead on the stroke of half-time with a close-range tap in after Freddie Woodman had spilled a Mason Greenwood shot at his feet.

The Portuguese superstar delivered again in the second half, giving the Red Devils the lead again after Javier Manquillo had equalised for Newcastle United in the 56th minute. In the 62nd minute, Luke Shaw made a brilliant run and passed the ball to Ronaldo who took a touch to bring it to his stride before slamming it through the legs of Woodman.

Ronaldo completed the 90 minutes in the match, and when asked about his decision to keep the Portuguese on the pitch for entirety of the game, Solskjaer revealed he did not want to take Ronaldo off unless the no.7 wanted to.

"He said his name is Cristiano, that's as much as I can say," Solskjaer told reporters after the game [via Goal]

"I didn't want to take him off unless he wanted to. He needs mins, he's lost a few games for Juventus and Portugal, he needed to get 90 minutes into him."

Meanwhile, victory over Newcastle United sent Man Utd to top of the Premier League table, with 10 points from four games so far this season.