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Manchester United fans have been left baffled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after he decided to drop Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho for the game with Everton.
It's been a tricky couple of weeks for Solskjaer, with United winning just two of their previous five games and needing a last minute winner by Ronaldo against Villarreal on Wednesday to pick up that second.
The pressure is mounting on the United boss, with results and trophies now expected after a four year dry spell and this summer's signings, and it'll only get more intense if they can't beat Everton on Saturday.
However, Solskjaer appeared to heap more pressure on himself ahead of kick off, when he announced his starting XI without Ronaldo, Pogba or summer signing Sancho, with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial favoured ahead of them.
"WHAT'S GOING ON HERE...?" 😯— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) October 2, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo starts on the bench for United, with Cavani taking his place! @markgoldbridge gives his reaction. How do you feel about it? 👇
Join ➡️ https://t.co/tWpBdqdDfE pic.twitter.com/0lnGuhdBOv
When you see that Anthony Martial is starting ahead of you… pic.twitter.com/Lcn3ZrSUII— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) October 2, 2021
Ronaldo for Martial 58”— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) October 2, 2021
Ronaldo, Pogba & Sancho benched, this ain’t gonna be fun— Amy (@amywaatson) October 2, 2021
Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho welcoming Cristiano Ronaldo to the Man United bench pic.twitter.com/ZTTAPmWMDa— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) October 2, 2021
HOW DO U ROTATE EVERYONE BUT MCFRED THIS GUY MANNN pic.twitter.com/GjIr1aS3gi— Lil_Top🐍🈯 (@Jr_4KTUTD) October 2, 2021
This line up is baaaaad. You don’t rest Ronaldo.— Ste Howson (@MrStephenHowson) October 2, 2021
Very likely will be a low block or close to low block. Get Ronaldo, Cavani, Pogba, Bruno and go for it.
Greenwood Cavani and Martial seems the most disconnected forward 3 it’s possible to play.
Cavani's introduction may not come as much that surprise, the Uruguayan forward came on in the second half on Wednesday night and helped change the game.
Fans were impressed with his closing down late in the game and with Ronaldo having played a lot recently it's not that much of a surprise the 36-year-old is starting on the bench.
The lack of Pogba, and Martial's inclusion, will come as more of a surprise. The French forward's form has not been good this season and he is reportedly up for sale in January.
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