Gabriel Agbonlahor has heavily criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of the starting XI for Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Everton on Saturday.
Ronaldo had previously started all three Premier League games since re-joining the club in the summer, but Solskjaer instead opted for Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to lead the line against the Toffees.
That decision backfired on the Norwegian boss as Andros Townsend cancelled out an Anthony Martial strike to leave United with just a solitary point from their last two Premier League matches.
The former Villa striker thinks that Ronaldo has to start every game and Solskjaer put his job in danger by leaving the 36-year-old out of the team.
‘It’s a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo in itself. Ronaldo you have to play him, you just put yourself under so much pressure by not playing him, he has to start,’ Agbonlahor said.
‘He’s been brought in on probably £700,000 a week so to play games and win leagues for Manchester United.
‘He’s in that squad to win the Premier League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not going to win the league for Manchester United.
Sections of the United fanbase were left frustated when cameras showed Solskjaer laughing on the sidelines with just seconds of the game to go, something which Agbonlahor has also slammed.
‘Even the last 30 seconds of the game he’s laughing on the touchline, it just shows he’s happy with a draw, you shouldn’t be happy with a draw against Everton at home,’ he said.
Speaking after the game, the former Manchester United attacker, turned manager explained his reasons for not starting the Portuguese great.
‘Well Wednesday [2-1 win vs Villarreal] was a big effort, big emotional and physical output so needed to freshen it up,’ Solskjaer said.
‘Start of this game is very important, got big players coming on too, we believe it’s a team that can take charge of the game.
‘They [Martial and Cavani] know they are good players, they know they are going to be very important for us.
‘If we are to be successful this season we need to rotate, manage the minutes, we need to make sure we are a big squad and we are together.’
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