EPL: Alex Ferguson apologized to me over Cristiano Ronaldo – Solskjaer
Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that legendry Sir Alex Ferguson apologized to him personally after initially criticizing the Norwegian for dropping Cristiano Ronaldo once.
Ronaldo made a sensational return to Manchester United in the summer of 2021 while Solskjaer was in charge at Old Trafford.
The former Real Madrid forward, who joined from Juventus, had a brilliant individual season at Old Trafford, scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
But the Red Devils finished in sixth place with Ronaldo against their second-place finish without the Portuguese the previous season.
Solskjaer even once thought he was better off without the goal machine and dropped the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to the bench for the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw against Everton in the league in October 2021.
Ferguson, though, was not happy with the manager’s decision to drop the former Juventus man to the bench.
“That’s the one time Sir Alex [Ferguson] has ever apologized to me,” Solskjaer was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He was caught on a video saying, ‘You should always play your best players,’ after Ronaldo started on the bench for one game.
“He rang me and apologized because he knows how difficult it is. I’m clever enough to stay away.”