Only a day after addressing in the press conference how Manchester United wishes to manage the minutes of Cristiano Ronaldo, they have decided to bench him in the match against Everton. Ronaldo has been their go-to man, ever since he has made his debut for the club. In the short stint, he has scored 5 comeback goals already. The last one of them came in the 90+ minutes against Villarreal. This speaks volumes about the 36-year-old’s work rate.
However, in the pre-match conference, Solskjaer mentions that they require better man management, especially of Ronaldo. “we’ve got to manage him, got to make sure that he can keep going with the form.” Harry Maguire the centre getting out with a calf injury must have come as an alarming sign for the Norweigan coach to take such a drastic measure to save his players.
Although Ronaldo is not the only huge missing from today’s United squad. There’s also an unexplained absence of Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard. Both had a nice outing in their last match and would have been a perfect set-up to start with. Apart from that, the absence of Pogba is also not justified as yet. The inclusion of Martial is already receiving several raised eyebrows. The French forward has had a harrowing time at the club. In the past 24 matches, he has only managed to score 2 goals.
With Cavani in attack, the ‘Theatre Of Dreams’ can still expect to see some fireworks against Everton. Although the very presence of Ronaldo on the bench will keep the crowd’s hopes up, for he has all the potential in the world to come off the bench and still make a mark on the match.
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