Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got it wrong with his controversial decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of his starting line-up.
Legendary former United boss Ferguson questioned the wisdom of Solskjaer’s decision to start with Ronaldo on the bench by saying “you should always start with your best players”.
Ronaldo stormed straight down the tunnel at the final whistle, mouthing his dismay for all to see, piling the pressure on Solskjaer, who has one win in his last four games.
Ferguson’s remarks were captured in a filmed post-match chat between him and UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov – a friend of Ronaldo – in the Old Trafford directors’ lounge.
“I also think that when they saw Ronaldo wasn’t playing,” said Ferguson, who was interrupted by Nurmagomedov, who said “He came on in the second-half.”
Ferguson interjected and said: “I know, but you should always start with your best players.”
“I watched the game and I watched him walk off,” said Neville. “I can’t say I like it.
“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is he upset when he doesn’t score? Yes.
“Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team doesn’t win? Of course. We know these things, he doesn’t need to prove that.
“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which in some ways throws the questions up in the air.