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NEWS UPDATE: EPL: You’re putting yourself under pressure – Arsenal hero blasts Solskjaer for benching Ronaldo

NEWS UPDATE: EPL: You’re putting yourself under pressure – Arsenal hero blasts Solskjaer for benching Ronaldo

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has slammed Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s choice to bench Cristiano Ronaldo against Everton in Saturday’s Premier League match.

Solskjaer didn’t start Ronaldo against Everton as goals from Anthony Martial and Andros Townsend ensured both teams played a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils boss had said that he benched Ronaldo against Everton because he needed to freshen upwardly his squad by introducing Martial and Edinson Cavani, who he said are good players.

Explaining his choice not to start Ronaldo prior to kick-off, Solskjaer said: ‘Good quarta-feira was a large exertion, large emotional and physical output so needed to freshen it upwardly.

“They [Martial and Cavani] know they are good players, they know they are going to be real important for us.”

But Merson was, nevertheless nonetheless, confused by Solskjaer’s logic, telling Sky Sports that the manager was putting himself under force per unit area.

“He’s putting himself under force per unit area. The go-to man is Ronaldo, he’s got them out of problem I don’t know how many times already this flavor and he’s on the bench.

“I don’t know what his thinking is. It’s not similar Ronaldo is running left, right and centre and closing everybody downwardly.

“You’ve got to give him the ball to create things happen. He wouldn’t be tired,” Merson said.

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