Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer capable of successfully managing Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United? Many United and Cristiano Ronaldo fans around the world may be asking themselves this question after seeing the Portuguese forward stomp off the pitch in despair following the club's 1-1 draw with Everton.
The former Juventus striker, who joined Manchester United for the second time this summer, came off the bench for the Saturday lunchtime match after starting for the team in the UEFA Champions League throughout the week. With the game tied, Cristiano Ronaldo was brought in the 57th minute, but he couldn't make the difference as United lost another two points. After witnessing him walk off the field in fury, we'll look at one thing Zidane and Allegri did for Ronaldo that Solskjaer is unlikely to do.
Cristiano Ronaldo, if there is one player who is incredibly mature in what he does and always performs professionally, it is him. However, seeing him so agitated on Saturday indicated that something wasn't quite right. Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly clashed with Solskjaer with his decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for the game against Everton yesterday, which is one sign that something is wrong with Solskjaer's handling of the five-time world footballer of the year.
Has Ronaldo been benched in the past at any of his prior clubs? Yes. Has he ever been clearly frustrated, as he was on Saturday when he was benched? If the answer is no, what did his previous managers do for him that made them not have troubles, and which Solskjaer is unlikely to accomplish now? Before benching Ronaldo at Real Madrid, Zidane would summon him to his office and explain things to him, emphasizing the need of keeping him for upcoming matches, particularly the Champions League.
Allegri did bench Ronaldo for a UCL game at Juventus in his first season, and this would have been conveyed to him days before the game. However, in Solskjaer's situation, he appears to have acted as the boss who does not need to advise his players as to why they have been benched, which may have irritated Ronaldo.
When dealing with a player of Ronaldo's stature, the truth is that explaining why you want to make certain decisions will go a long way toward making them feel valued.
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