[Gary Neville] Criticises Cristiano Ronaldo for post-match reactions at Manchester United
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face fresh pressure after Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to the weekend draw with Everton.
Ronaldo, 36, was named on the bench for the first time in the Premier League since 2009 at the weekend but was brought on to try and influence the match 12 minutes into the second-half.
The Portuguese forward cut a frustrated figure as Everton soon netted an equaliser and grew into the match against a disjointed United side which lacked any real attacking cohesion.
At the full-time whistle Ronaldo looked annoyed as he strode down the Old Trafford alone muttering to himself and club great Neville believes such a reaction will reflect negatively on former teammate Solskjaer.
“I watched him walk off and I can’t say I like it,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.
“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? Of course.
“We know those things. 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 with?
“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…” Bbc
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