Solskjaer explains why he didn’t take off Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo made his Manchester United debut for the second time on Saturday, as United defeated Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

It was a fine performance from the team, with Ronaldo a star on the pitch. Many had wondered how Ronaldo would fare, and the 36-year-old did very well all through the game.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a couple of changes towards the end of the game and it was expected he would take off the Portuguese who didn’t have any pre-season nor train much with his new teammates.

Solskjaer has revealed he didn’t take off Ronaldo so that he would get match sharpness with the game.

“I didn’t want to take him off unless he wanted to come off,” said Solskjaer.

“He needs minutes, he’s had a little pre-season, he’s lost a few games for Juventus and Portugal, so we just needed to get 90 minutes into him.”

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