EPL: Solskjaer created big negative at Man Utd over Ronaldo – Alex McLeish

Former Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, has insisted that Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has created a “big negative” at Old Trafford after deciding to bench star player, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has been one of Man United’s outstanding players so far this season, scoring five goals in all competitions for Solskjaer’s side since joining the club from Juventus in the summer.

But Solskjaer opted to start the 36-year-old on the bench in Man United’s last Premier League game against Everton.

His decision backfired as the Red Devils played a 1-1 draw with Everton and the Norwegian was heavily criticized for his choice.

Speaking on the development, McLeish said Solskjaer’s decision has done more damage than good, adding that the United coach was trying to manage Ronaldo’s workload.

“He has probably done it to keep his performances at a really high level and maintain his freshness,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“That is the dreams of a manager, the visions of what he is thinking – but in actual fact, it has caused a big negative because Ronaldo will want to start.

“Ole will be thinking about his age, his fitness and probably because of the scheduling in football now, perhaps managers start to overthink these things and look ahead too early.

“Ole’s getting a bit of stick for it, but that is what happens in management when you are not getting the results, especially when you don’t play your star player.”

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