Manchester United v Everton: Match in pictures
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been slammed for his attitude following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton before the international break by former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn. The Portuguese star stormed off the pitch after the game after starting the afternoon on the bench.
Ronaldo has dazzled Old Trafford with his early performances since his return from Juventus this summer.
The 36-year-old has racked up five goals already for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, but the Norwegian benched him for the Premier League clash with Everton – despite the ex-Real Madrid star keeping United’s Champions League campaign alive by netting a late winner against Villarreal just days earlier.
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Ronaldo was visibly frustrated at the end of the Everton game, and his reaction has led to even more pressure being piled on to Solskjaer.
And Winterburn has become the latest former star to question Ronaldo’s attitude after his post-match strop against the Toffees.
“I don’t know why Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t shake anyone’s hand after the Everton game, especially if they’ve offered to do so. Personally, I think he should’ve shaken their hands,” Winterburn told Paddy Power.
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“At times, you can get frustrated and are unhappy with what’s transpired. His frustration was probably because of the result and because he didn’t start the game.
“Manchester United were winning at home, so the Everton result has to be considered as dropped points. If they’re going to be considered as a title challenging side, this can’t continually happen, or they’re going to come up short.
“I think they’ll come up short anyway. The other three top teams will consistently dig out results when they need to.”
Away from Manchester, Ronaldo rediscovered his smile by breaking another international record for Portugal on Saturday night.
Ronaldo netted his 112th international goal in Portugal’s 3-0 friendly win over upcoming World Cup hosts, Qatar.
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Ahead of the game, Solskjaer’s decision to bench Ronaldo was thrust back into the spotlight by Portugal boss Fernando Santos, who appeared to take a swipe at United’s decision to not start him against Everton.
Despite continued criticism amid a poor run of form, Solskjaer was backed just a couple of weeks ago by United football director, John Murtagh.
“[We] need to keep control, don’t get carried away, don’t deviate from our plan,” Murtough told a fans’ forum two weeks ago. “Ole and the staff are very focused on that. We have a long-term strategy and confidence in the direction that we’re going. We believe that we’ve got the talent and the character within the squad to succeed. The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world – players from abroad and other [domestic] leagues tell us how [challenging] it is – but we are 100% up for that.”
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