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(Opinion) Why Ole was wrong to openly disagree with Sir Alex Ferguson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recently disagreed with Alex Ferguson who criticised him for his team selection. Sir Alex during a conversation with UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, said that the Manchester United manager should not have rested Cristiano Ronaldo in the club's 1-1 draw with Everton. Apparently this rubbed Solskjaer the wrong way.

Ole seemed to have retorted when he recently told journalists that he will occasionally rest Ronaldo regardless of the hoopla that greeted his decision to start the Portuguese from the bench. As if that was not enough, when asked by journalists about the disagreement he obviously has with his former coach, Solskjaer responded "“I'm quite relaxed about it."

Then the Manchester United manager went on to add “I disagreed with the gaffer quite a few times and I told my wife quite a few times that I disagreed with him, but that never made headlines as a player. 

“I'm sure Sir Alex knows that it doesn't bother me. We all want to see Cristiano. 

“We all want to, because he's unique, he's different, he's had a career and everyone wants to come and watch him. But the plain fact of it is he cannot play every single game that we play, that's just physical nature, human nature. 

“He knows how difficult this job is anyway, the gaffer. He didn't always play the same 11. He took some risks at times to rest Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney or David Beckham, the best players that we had. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.” 

I personally think going public with such a disagreement was unnecessary on the part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It is always going to make the headlines when Ferguson gives an opinion and reacting publicly to it may not be the wisest approach.

Similarly, Ole has once publicly disagreed with Rio Ferdinand. This shocked the former defender who accepted Ole's rebuke but commented that a text message or call would have been more appropriate.

These developments are quite interesting because Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand seem to be some of Ole's staunchest supporters. Does this mean these men are now having second thoughts about Ole's competence?

In all fairness to Solskjaer, Alex Ferguson is not always right, not even when he coached Manchester United. But the Scotsman's criticism of Ole was very constructive and apt. The reason why Man United nearly lost to Everton was because Ronaldo was benched. It is that simple!

Furthermore, benching Ronaldo hurts the Portuguese superstar's ego and I am not sure that is a good thing. Ronaldo was seen swearing in Portuguese after the draw with Everton. And the team was a shadow of itself while he was on the bench. In fact, not only was he benched, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also benched Paul Pogba.

Could it be that Ole underated Everton? Pogba, Bruno and Ronaldo are easily the best three players in Manchester United. Why then were two of them benched in the same match?

Well couldn't Solskjaer have simply said "Message taken. I take all responsibility for anything that went wrong"? What's with this breaking one's back in the bid to justify what seems to be an obvious error in judgement?

Was Ole right to have benched Ronaldo? Was he right to speak to the press about Ferguson the way he did? What is your take?

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