“I’m quite relaxed about it but of course it’s not really fair on the gaffer that something like this gets broadcast,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded when asked about Sir Alex Ferguson’s being recorded saying that Cristiano Ronaldo must start every game.
“You always have opinions and you speak to people, you speak to people in confidence. I disagreed with the gaffer quite a few times and I told my wife quite a few times that I disagreed with him but that never made headlines as a player.
“I’m sure Sir Alex knows that it doesn’t bother me. We all want to see Cristiano. We all want to, because he’s unique, he’s different, he’s had a career and everyone wants to come and watch him.”
“But the plain fact of it is he cannot play every single game that we play, that’s just physical nature, human nature. But he knows how difficult this job is anyway, the gaffer.
“He didn’t always play the same XI. He took some risks at times to rest Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney or David Beckham, the best players that we had. Sometimes it works, sometimes it didn’t.”
Following Man United’s draw against Everton, a clip was leaked in which Sir Alex can be seen telling UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov that Ronaldo should start every game after being benched in the game.
Solskjaer started the Portuguese in a 4:2 defeat to Leicester City after the international break as the poor run of games continue at Old Trafford.