Manchester United drew with Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo could be seen running down the tunnel at the conclusion of the game.
The 36-year-old was apparently frustrated after being benched in the game against Toffees.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the Manchester United manager and he brought him on with 12 minutes to go. It was evident that Ronaldo was upset because of the manager’s decision to bench him and it was his first time on the bench in a Premier League game since 2009.
Club legend Gary Neville has now slammed Ronaldo’s reaction claiming that the player’s actions could put immense pressure on the manager now.
Neville said (via Manchester Evening News): “I watched him walk off and I can’t say I like it.
“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Yes. These are facts we all know. He doesn’t have to prove that.
“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which throws the questions up in the air – what’s he saying? Who is he annoyed?
“It can only come back to the manager. Actions like that – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring real pressure on the manager, more pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under.
“I think that is something that just has to be managed in the next couple of months. Cristiano is not always going to score, he’s maybe not going to play every single game.
“But I think if he walks off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Solskjaer. There’s no doubt the talk after the game was about the manager.
“He has this collection of players but they haven’t got this style of play, they haven’t got this or that. He didn’t pick Ronaldo…”
After the disappointing run of results, Solskjaer is already feeling immense pressure. The Red Devils have won just one match in their last four matches across all competitions. The Red Devils’ only win was against Villarreal in Champions League thanks to a Cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the 95th minute.
To turn things around, the Norwegian captain will need the support of his fans and his players. However, he could do without unnecessary distractions.
Manchester United had an extraordinary transfer window. They managed to sign top-class players like Raphael Varane, Jadon Scho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, the Red Devils currently sit 4th in the league table. Solskjaer will be expected do better in coming weeks.
An elite club like theirs should be challenging for the Premier League title, given the number and quality of their players.
It remains to be seen if Manchester United can bounce back after the international break, and challenge the likes Chelsea and Liverpool.