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Ferguson's warning to Solskjaer: You've got to start your best players

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo at the weekend, starting him on the bench against Everton, appears to have backfired and it has led to criticism from all corners, including Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

A video has emerged of the former manager talking to MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov and questioning the current head coach's selection policy.

"When [Everton] saw Ronaldo wasn't playing..." began Ferguson.

"You've got to start your best players," he added when Khabib reminded him Ronaldo came on in the second half.

Plenty of other pundits, including Gary Neville, were also critical of the decision to use Ronaldo as a sub, but this wouldn't even be a talking point if United had managed to win the game.

At 36 years old, the Portuguese forward cannot start every game of the season - no one can - and Solksjaer knows that, as does Ferguson, who rested Ronaldo on many occasions. So does everyone else, of course, but that hasn't stopped some of the reactions, including from the player himself who looked visibly annoyed and frustrated after the game.

The draw at Old Trafford against Everton means United have won just two of their last six games.

As Jamie Carragher has pointed out, with or without Ronaldo, United's problems are more or less the same: they are not a team.

Solskjaer needs to sort out those problems over the international break because their next four Premier League games are against Leicester, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City.

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