Manchester United dropped another couple of points this weekend as Everton stole a point at Old Trafford. A first-half opener from Anthony Martial came after pressure from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side but a breakaway goal from Andros Townsend earned the visitors a point.
Solskjaer made a couple of brave calls ahead of the game, with star players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, and Jadon Sancho all taking a seat on the bench.
Ronaldo and Pogba had both started two games in seven days prior and adding a third could have been seen as an unnecessary workload ahead of the international break but Solskjaer has now been slammed for leaving Ronaldo out of the side, with former Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor describing it as a ‘sackable offence’.
“It was a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo from Solskjaer,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “You look at Manchester United, you are playing Everton
“Everton have been in good form this season. You need your strongest team to go out there and beat Everton. You’ve got the international break now. It’s not as if they’ve got a game on Wednesday and Saturday, they’ve got the international break.
“What does he cover in games? Do you see him sprinting after defenders, chasing people down? Against Villarreal, he didn’t. He’s waiting around, linking up play, getting into the box and he’s not sprinting around like a centre midfielder would.
“Pogba not playing then maybe fair enough, but Ronaldo you have to play him. Play him for 60 minutes and if you are winning the game then take him off.
“You just put yourself under pressure by not starting him. He has to start. He has probably been brought in on £700,000-a-week to try and win the league for Man United.”
Instead, the 36-year-old was introduced as a substitute in the second half his efforts were to no avail as Manchester United failed to find a breakthrough following his introduction.