Former Manchester United captain and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville offered a piece of advice to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on how the Manchester United coach could deal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration, following the team’s 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Everton over the weekend. Ronaldo started the match on the bench despite grabbing the winner for the Red Devils in their mid-week clash against Villareal.
The Portuguese star looked annoyed after the Red Devils draw, in a game where he came off the bench but failed to prevent his team from dropping two points on home soil.
“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play?” Neville asked on Sky Sports.
“Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Of course. We know those things. He doesn’t have to prove that.
“He walks off the pitch, muttering to himself, which throws questions up in the air. What is he saying? Who is he annoyed with? It can only come back to the manager.
“Cristiano is smart enough to know actions like that will bring real pressure on the manager, more than he is already under.
“It is what it is, but I think that is something that has to be managed in the next couple of months.
“Cristiano is not always going to score and he maybe can’t play every game. But if he’s going to walk off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“He has to look after himself, Ole. He has to be selfish, He’s got to make sure that he manages Cristiano in the right way. “I think he’ll have a word with him and say, ‘Look, if we’re going to do that, let’s do it in the changing room’,” Neville added.